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Investigating the discourse produced at score levels B2.2 to C2 on the Aptis Advanced writing test

Ute Knoch, Jason Fan, Cathie Elder, Ksenia Zhao, Andrew Pitman, Richard Spiby (ed.), Carolyn Westbrook (ed.)

British Council | Published : 2021

Abstract

Adopting an exploratory sequential mixed-methods design, this study explored the features of test-takers’ writing samples on the two tasks in the Aptis Advanced writing test, that is, email response and website writing that distinguished the three levels of B2.2, C1 and C2 on the CEFR. The study consisted of a qualitative and quantitative phase. During the qualitative phase, we conducted focus groups with ESL experts (n = 5) and Aptis raters (n = 6) where they commented on the features of the writing samples at the three CEFR levels in focus. During the quantitative phase, we performed discourse analysis of the email response and website writing samples (n = 120). Regarding the email respons..

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