TITLE

Another Look at the C-Test: A Validation Study with Iranian EFL Learners

AUTHOR(S)
Rouhani, Mahmood
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Asian EFL Journal;Mar2008, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p154
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study probes into the validity and discrimination power of the C-Test for the assessment of overall language proficiency. A total of 144 university students participated in this study. A Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) and a C-Test developed by the researcher were administered. The results indicated that the C-Test enjoyed high reliability and acceptable content relevance. Also the C-Test proved to have fairly high criterion-related validity. The extracts used in the C-Test turned out to measure, to a large extent, the same underlying trait as the MTELP -significant evidence of construct validity for the C-Test. However, the C-Test texts did not prove to behave consistently with examinees of different proficiency levels. Also it came out that the C-Test could not consistently classify the subjects in their appropriate proficiency levels. This finding was further affirmed by an ANOVA whose results demonstrated that the C-Test had difficulty discriminating between participants of lower and upper intermediate levels.
ACCESSION #
37325144

 

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