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16 Tips to Prepare a Good Language Test

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-...
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Why Writing Effective Test Items is a Challenge

It is not easy to construct a good test to measure what you want. Writing good effective test items is a difficult job as it needs much practice and experience. These items must achieve many things to be considered good ones. The following are some. Functions of the...
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How to Avoid Negative Effects of Tests on Students

Some educators argue against using tests saying that students study for tests only at the end of the semester or when the school year is about to finish while not work throughout the course and once the test has finished, students forget all that had been learned. Others...
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How to Prepare Learners for ESL/EFL Exams

Most students who are studying English have to take an exam at the end of their course, others are planning to take a public examination in order to get a certificate which demonstrates their level of English. Whenever there is an exam involved, the teacher should consider doing the following...
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Practical Guidelines for Developing Good EFL Test Items

Before providing you with some important guidelines for writing good EFL test items, I want to assure that you know the following terms used in testing. Test Blueprint (or Test Specifications) identifies the objectives and skills which are to be tested and the relative weight on the test...
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English Language Achievement VS. Proficiency Tests

Definition & Meaning “Achievement” is defined as how well students have learned or what they are expected to know. On the other hand, “proficiency” is the ability to do something very well. Take for example a driver’s test, the paper and pencil questions on the knowledge related to driving and traffic rules represent the...
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Top 7 Questioning Techniques in the Classroom

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As a teacher, you always use questions in the classroom. There are lots of reasons for using them. You could use questions to: engage your students, check for understanding and comprehension, seek opinions, encourage creative and critical thinking, review information, help students see other ways of thinking. The techniques...
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Cambridge English Exams & How They Are Mapped to the CEFR

There are five main Cambridge English exams: Key English Test (KET), Preliminary English Test (PET), First Certificate in English (FCE), Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). These exams are designed to assess competency in English for learners of English as a second or...
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Top 5 Characteristics of a Good Language Test

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A good language test should have a positive effect on learning and teaching. Such a test should aim at specifying areas of difficulties. The whole class or individual students may experience so that additional practice and corrective exercises should be given. A good language test should also measure...
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