EFL diagnostic tests — multiple choice, sentence transformation or essay writing?

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Every semester at the Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal (UCP), students are required to take diagnostic tests to assess their level of English as a Foreign Language. Most faculties require a B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and teachers are required to design reliable tests that assess the students levels fairly. Therefore, test writing and design are often a topic of conversation between teachers during which the multiple choice, transformation and essay formats are discussed. Most EFL diagnostic tests taken at UCP include at least two of these formats, but no formal analysis of results has been made to assess the discrepancy or similarity between the results achieved by students in the different parts of the test, as the final result is calculated by the mean of all parts, which are worth equal points. The study aims to compare and analyse the diagnostic test results achieved by students enrolled in the Law Faculty at UCP in 2020.21 and data collection is based on the results obtained in the multiple choice, sentence transformation and writing sections. Ultimately, the study aims to determine which question format is more reliable to assess student’s EFL level and eventually help teachers make better decisions on diagnostic test design.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoEDULEARN21 Proceedings
Local da publicaçãoPalma
EditoraIATED Academy
Páginas7952-7958
Número de páginas7
Volume1
Edição13
ISBN (eletrónico)9788409312672
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 2021
Evento13th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies - Online, Palma de Mallorca
Duração: 5 jul. 20216 jul. 2021
Número de conferência: 13

Série de publicação

NomeEDULEARN21 Proceedings
EditoraIATED Academy
ISSN (eletrónico)2340-1117

Conferência

Conferência13th Annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Título abreviadoEDULEARN21 Conference
País/TerritórioSpain
CidadePalma de Mallorca
Período5/07/216/07/21

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