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Modern Languages and LinguisticsPart of Humanities

Research project: Pearson Test of English Academic next phase: Perspectives from trait marking and item type efficiency (2020-2021)

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This project consists of three stages. The first stage is to review current language testing research to identify alternative task types which are suitable for the assessment of academic English. Focusing on assessment of spoken language in authentic contexts through single or integrated skills assessment. The second stage is to further elaborate on a study of single trait versus multi trait assessment of language ability. The third stage is to conduct a detailed analysis using recent data to evaluate item type efficiency for PTE Academic. The aim of the project is to gather literature information and empirical data from the perspectives of trait marking approaches and item type efficiency indices to inform the design of the next phase of PTE Academic.

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