An empirical investigation of the process of writing Academic Reading test items for the international English Language Testing System
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractThe paper describes a study of reading test text selection, item writing and editing processes, with particular reference to these areas of test production for the IELTS Academic Reading test. Based on retrospective reports and direct observation, the report compares how trained and untrained item writers select and edit reading texts to make them suitable for a task-based test of reading and how they generate the accompanying items. Both individual and collective test editing processes are investigated.
CitationHawkey, R. and Green, A. (2012) An empirical investigation of the process of writing Academic Reading test items for the international English Language Testing System in Taylor, L. and Weir, C. J. (eds.) IELTS Collected Papers 2: Research in reading and listening assessment. Studies in Language Testing 34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalStudies in Language Testing
Series/Report no.Studies in Language Testing