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Improving a Placement Test Battery: What Can Test Analysis Programs Tell Us?

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Toyoda, E and Hashimoto, Y (2002) Improving a Placement Test Battery: What Can Test Analysis Programs Tell Us? ASAA E-journal of Asian Linguistic and Language Teaching, 2. ISSN 1445 0992

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Placement Test, SPOT, SKAT, reliability, G-study, Rasch Model
Journal or Publication Title: ASAA E-journal of Asian Linguistic and Language Teaching
ISSN: 1445 0992
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2008 23:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:31
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/3435
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