Response Formats

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


What follows are test examples that have been constructed for specific students in specific contexts around the world requiring a variety of abilities in reading. They are taken from a variety of levels from elementary to advanced. It may well be that particular techniques and what they test are inappropriate as they stand for your own students. Do not worry about this. Try to establish whether they might usefully be customized for the students in your particular context.


Response Format Language Testing Indirect Test Writing Task Reading Passage 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Further reading


  1. Hughes (2003) is the classic volume for testing in the classroom recently updated. A rich source of considered advice for the teacher practitioner.Google Scholar


  1. Alderson (2000) offers a wide-ranging coverage of reading research, and theory and practice in the assessment of reading.Google Scholar
  2. Urquhart and Weir (1998) discuss testing in the context of reading theory.Google Scholar


  1. Buck (2001) is thoughtful and accessible treatment of testing listeningGoogle Scholar


  1. Weigle (2002) is a comprehensive and well-organized treatment of the area.Google Scholar


  1. Fulcher (2003) considers the assessment of speaking from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.Google Scholar
  2. Luoma (2004) is devoted to the testing of speaking and provides many useful examples of speaking tests and scales.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© 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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