Capturing domain expert perspectives in devising a rating scale for a health specific writing test: How close can we get?
Ute Knoch, Catherine Elder, Robyn Woodward-Kron, Elizabeth Manias, Eleanor Flynn, Tim McNamara, Annemiek Huisman, Barbara Ying Zhang
ASSESSING WRITING | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020
The importance of input from occupational experts in defining valid criteria to assess performance on English for specific purposes (ESP) tests is widely acknowledged. However, few studies have described the process of collecting indigenous criteria and establishing their suitability for a language testing context. The paper reports on this process with specific reference to the writing sub-test of the Occupational English Test (OET) for overseas-trained health professionals. The OET writing task requires candidates, in the role of health professional, to draw on a set of written prompts to write a letter of referral to a colleague on an aspect of patient care. With the aim of expanding the ..View full abstract
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This work was supported by the Australian Research Council [Linkage grant number LP130100171]. We would also like to acknowledge Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, the owner of the Occupational English Test, for their support of the study.