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Desirable Features in the Next Generation of Vocabulary Tests
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Abstract

 

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in vocabulary testing with numerous research articles investigating aspects of test design and score interpretation. There has been a proliferation of new tests, and some prominent older tests have undergone long-overdue updates, in the case of the Vocabulary Levels Test even more than one. Some of these updates have been substantial improvements, but others merely seem to have been face-lifts at a time when vocabulary assessment should be thinking more creatively and seeking innovation. This talk will discuss two issues that appear to deserve particular consideration for the development of the next generation of vocabulary tests. First, test validation, validation models and the idea of minimal validation evidence requirements. Second, the use of technological advances and how vocabulary testing should make increased use of computer-adaptiveness and new possibilities in test design. The talk will exemplify these points using promising test development projects.

 

Summary

 

This talk discusses vocabulary test validation, validation models, and the idea of minimal validation evidence requirements. It also highlights how technological advances open new possibilities in test design, particularly how vocabulary testing can make increased use of computer-adaptiveness. The talk will exemplify these points using promising test development projects.

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