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Improving a Placement Test Battery: What Can Test Analysis Programs Tell Us?
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This paper reports the analyses of a newly introduced placement test battery in the
Japanese Program at the University of Melbourne. Focus is placed on the reliability of two
innovative tests employed, SPOT (Simple Performance Oriented Test) and SKAT (Simple
Kanji Awareness Test). SPOT and SKAT aim at obtaining maximum information on test-
takers’ receptive proficiency in spoken and written forms of the language with minimum
time and human resources. The test results for eighty-two students were analysed using
two test analysis programs, Generalisability theory based program, GENOVA, and Rasch
measurement model based program, QUEST. The analyses showed that both tests were
highly reliable, and that they could be further improved through revisions.
|Keywords:||Placement Test, SPOT, SKAT, reliability, G-study, Rasch Model|
|Journal or Publication Title:||ASAA E-journal of Asian Linguistic and Language Teaching|
|Date Deposited:||16 Mar 2008 23:26|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:31|
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