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Introduction

  • Cyril J. Weir
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)

Abstract

In language testing we are concerned with the extent to which a test can be shown to produce scores that are an accurate reflection of a candidate’s ability in a particular area, e.g., careful reading to extract main ideas from a text, writing an argumentative essay, breadth of vocabulary knowledge, or spoken interaction with peers. It demands an understanding of both trait and method. Trait is concerned with the underlying constructs/abilities we wish to measure in students, the what of language testing. Method deals with the how, the instmments we develop to provide us with the information about these construct(s).

Keywords

Vocabulary Knowledge Accurate Reflection Language Testing Defence Lawyer Test Developer 
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© Cyril J. Weir 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyril J. Weir
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Research in Testing, Evaluation and Curriculum (CRTEC)Roehampton UniversityUK

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