Context Validity in Action

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


The last decade of the twentieth century saw a general decline in the prestige of psychometric, statistically-driven approaches to testing. In its place there has been a growing interest in the importance of context, in defining domain of use performance conditions and operations.


Reading Comprehension Test Taker Listening Test Text Type Speech Rate 
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Further reading


  1. Bachman et al. (1988, 1995) use task and ability analysis to compare two EFL proficiency batteries.Google Scholar


  1. Alderson (2000) deals with many of these elements at various stages in his book.Google Scholar
  2. Urquhart and Weir (1998) deal with many of the issues raised in this chapter.Google Scholar
  3. Weir et al (2000) describe the development of a national reading test for China.Google Scholar


  1. Buck (2001) is a comprehensive and useful study of the testing of listening.Google Scholar
  2. Shohamy and Inbar (1991) look at the effect of text type and question type on listening comprehension tests.Google Scholar


  1. Weigle (2002) is a comprehensive study of the testing of writing, with much useful exemplification.Google Scholar


  1. Luoma (2004) deals solely with the testing of speaking, with a lot of useful exemplification.Google Scholar

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© Cyril J. Weir 2005

Authors and Affiliations

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

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