From Test Performance to Language Use: Using Self-Assessment to Validate a High-Stakes English Proficiency Test
Jinsong Fan, Xun Yan
The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher | Springer Verlag | Published : 2017
Despite the profusion of studies into the factor structure of language tests, limited research is currently available on the relationship between test performance and language use in TLU domains. Utilizing the structural equation modeling approach, this study set out to investigate the factor structure of a high-stakes university-based English proficiency test, and then modeled the relationship between test takers’ performance and their ability to use language in TLU domains. A self-assessment (SA) inventory was developed and validated to capture test takers’ ability to use language in TLU domains. The results showed that the higher-order factor model best fit both the test and SA data. Stru..View full abstract
Awarded by National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Sciences (NPOPSS) of the People's Republic of China
The preparation of this manuscript was supported by the National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Sciences (NPOPSS) of the People's Republic of China under the project title "The Development and Validation of Standards in Language Testing'' (Grant Number: 13CYY032). We would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and feedback on the previous draft of this article.