How to prepare a good language test? Here is a list of 16 tips to consider when you are about to prepare your test.
1- Determine the purpose of the test.
2- Define the content area to be tested.
3- Choose and prepare appropriate and relevant items.
4- Base your test on your students’ abilities.
5- The number of questions should suit the allotted time.
6- Printing should be clear. No handwritten exams.
7- Instructions should be clear and understandable.
8- Grade the test items from the easiest to the most difficult ones.
9- Don’t include ambiguous questions or deluding words.
10- Cover the different parts of the syllabus.
11- Accurate grading should be provided.
12- Model answers should be written on a separate paper.
13- All possible or reasonable answers should be accepted.
14- Test the different aspects (reasoning – observation – comprehending – deducing).
15- Assess the different skills (cognitive, affective and psychomotor).
16- Include various questions (objective & subjective).
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