Sample Response – Post-secondary

Considerations for Test Administration

            1.  Giving the test.  Is it…

  _X_   Group-administered?

            Because of limitations on time and staff, it makes sense for the test to be administered to groups of students.

            2.  Directions, examples, questions, and prompts.  Are they…

  ___   In English?
    X     In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

            Since it’s a placement test, it would be best provide directions in the target language and to test multiple language skills.

            3.  Student answers and responses.  Are they…

           In English?
  _X_   In the target language?
  _X_   Spoken?
  _X_   Written?

             The test should assess how well students can perform in the target language.

             Since it is placement test, it would be best to test multiple language skills.

Considerations for Scoring Tests

             4.  Method of scoring.  Does it involve…

  _X_   Counting the number correct?
  _X_   A holistic approach (one overall score)?
           An analytic approach (separate scores for separate aspects of the performance)?

            Due to the large number of students the department will have to test, teachers cannot spend all of their time scoring responses.

            Scores should be holistic. It gives an overall picture of the students’ proficiencies for placement purposes.

            5.  People and steps involved in scoring.  Is the test…

    X     Hand-scored?
  _X_   Machine or computer-scored?

            A portion of the placement test could be conducted on the computer to save time, and the performance-based tasks suggested by faculty members could be hand-scored.

            6.  Location for scoring.  Is it…

  _X_   Local/On-site?

            To save on costs and time, it would be better if the schools administer and score tests locally. 

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