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Designing and Analyzing Language Testsby Nathan T. Carr
Synopses & Reviews
Designing and Analyzing Tests with accompanying CD-ROM gives you a solid grounding in language assessment theory, practical guidance on developing and administering tests, and shows you how to use Excel for statistical analysis of procedures.
Language teachers often have to develop or choose tests or other assessments for their classes without any training. With this book and CD-ROM you learn how to choose from ready-made tests, or to adapt existing tests to better meet your needs. It gives you the tools you need to write your own tests and to analyze them.
The book is organized in two Parts: Part 1 focuses on language assessment theory, and guidance on developing and administering tests. Part 2 introduces the use of Excel for analyzing language test data.
About the Author
Nathan T. Carr is Associate Professor, TESOL Program, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, California State University, Fullerton. His research interests include web-based language testing, test validation, and the role of rating scales in writing assessment.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why and What are we Testing?
Chapter 2 Tasks: The Building Blocks of Tests
Chapter 3 Planning and Designing the Test: Context and Purpose, and Overall Structure
Chapter 4 Writing the Specifications for Individual Test Tasks
Chapter 5 Writing the Test: Creating the Tasks you have Planned
Chapter 6 Consistency of Measurement: Reliability and Dependability
Chapter 7 Rating Scales for Extended Production Tasks
Chapter 8 Validation
Chapter 9 Test Administration
Chapter 10 Other Important Topics Worth Books of their Own
Chapter 11 How to organize data in Excel
Chapter 12 Visual representations of data
Chapter 13 Calculating descriptive statistics in Excel
Chapter 14 Correlation
Chapter 15 Item analysis for norm-referenced testing
Chapter 16 Item analysis for criterion-referenced testing
Chapter 17 Basic distractor analysis for multiple-choice items
Chapter 18 Reliability scoring consistency for norm-referenced tests
Chapter 19 Dependability: Scoring or classification consistency for criterion-referenced tests
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