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The effect of mode of response on a semi-direct test of oral proficiency

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Language Assessment Quarterly
Issue number4
Volume8
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)342-360
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article reports on a study conducted with 42 participants from a Chilean university, which aimed to determine the effect of mode of response on test performance and test-taker perception of test features by comparing a semidirect online version and a direct face-to-face version of a speaking test.
Candidate performances on both test versions were double-marked and analysed using both classical test theory and many-facet Rasch measurement. To gain an insight into students’ perceptions of the two modes of delivery, we also asked candidates to complete a questionnaire after sitting each version. The many-facet Rash analysis showed no significant difference in the difficulty of the two versions of test. Nonetheless, there was a significant preference among candidates for the face-to-face version across a number of different features of the test.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Language Assessment Quarterly, 8 (4), 2011, © Informa Plc