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Introduction This assignment discusses proficient tests in language testing The assignment starts with a brief review on testing and the strategies used for developing language tests Then there are some types of language tests The main focus of the assignment is on developing a proficiency test so it consists of the purpose and importance of proficiency tests along with the characteristics of a good proficiency tests It also includes testing specification for a proficiency test 2Literature Review 21Testing As the ability to speak more than one language becomes more important so too does the need to assess the language abilities of second language learners In the classroom assessment can be seen as an ongoing process in which the teacher uses various tools to measure the progress of the learner Among those tools are portfolios self-assessment and of course tests If assessment can be seen as a movie then a test is a freeze frame it gives a picture of the learners language at a particular point in time Used properly these tools can help the teacher develop a full picture of the learners progress It is important to note that all types of testing and assessment are important in gathering information about your students Swain 1980 22 Procedure for writing a test Below is a suggested procedure for writing a test Decide what kind of test it is going to be achievement proficiency Write a list of what the test is going to cover Think about the length layout and the format Find appropriate texts Weight the sections according to importancetime spent etc Write the questions Write the instructions and examples Decide on the marks Make a key Write a marking scheme for less objective questions Pilot the test Review and revise the test and key After the test has been taken analyze the results and decide what can be kept rejected Swain 1980 23 Teaching and testing relationship Current language teaching
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