Journal article

Standard setting in specific-purpose language testing: What can a qualitative study add?

Elizabeth Manias, Tim McNamara

LANGUAGE TESTING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

This paper explores the views of nursing and medical domain experts in considering the standards for a specific-purpose English language screening test, the Occupational English Test (OET), for professional registration for immigrant health professionals. Since individuals who score performances in the test setting are often language experts rather than domain experts, there are possible tensions between what is being measured by a language test and what is deemed important by domain experts. Another concern is a lack of qualitative research on the process of the standard setting. To date, no published qualitative work has been identified about the contributions of domain experts in the stan..

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