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The B2 level and the dream of a common standard

Bart Deygers UGent, Koen Van Gorp and Thomas Demeester UGent (2018) LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY. 15(1). p.44-58
abstract
In Flanders, Belgium, university admission of undergraduate international L2 students requires a certificate of an accredited test of Dutch. The two main university entrance tests used for certification share highly comparable oral components and CEFR-based oral rating criteria. This article discusses to what extent ratings on the oral components of these tests can be compared. The data used are the ratings of the oral performances of the same 82 candidates on both oral test components, which were administered within the same week. The correlation on the overall scores is high, but lower on the oral test component. Further analyses, including linear regression and multifaceted Rasch analysis, indicate that the B2 level was interpreted differently in the two tests. The results show that using the same language proficiency scales as the basis for rating scale criteria may lead to superficial correspondences or a perceived equivalence but does not necessarily lead to greater comparability of shared criteria. The findings of this study are especially useful for contexts in which different tests use similar criteria that are based on the same descriptors, and comparability is only assumed.
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keyword
EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK, SPEAKING TESTS, RATING-SCALE, CEFR, PERFORMANCE
journal title
LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY
volume
15
issue
1
pages
44 - 58
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000426139500005
ISSN
1543-4303
1543-4311
DOI
10.1080/15434303.2017.1421955
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
8562761
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8562761
date created
2018-05-24 09:03:24
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2018-07-02 13:10:28
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  abstract     = {In Flanders, Belgium, university admission of undergraduate international L2 students requires a certificate of an accredited test of Dutch. The two main university entrance tests used for certification share highly comparable oral components and CEFR-based oral rating criteria. This article discusses to what extent ratings on the oral components of these tests can be compared. The data used are the ratings of the oral performances of the same 82 candidates on both oral test components, which were administered within the same week. The correlation on the overall scores is high, but lower on the oral test component. Further analyses, including linear regression and multifaceted Rasch analysis, indicate that the B2 level was interpreted differently in the two tests. The results show that using the same language proficiency scales as the basis for rating scale criteria may lead to superficial correspondences or a perceived equivalence but does not necessarily lead to greater comparability of shared criteria. The findings of this study are especially useful for contexts in which different tests use similar criteria that are based on the same descriptors, and comparability is only assumed.},
  author       = {Deygers, Bart and Van Gorp, Koen and Demeester, Thomas},
  issn         = {1543-4303},
  journal      = {LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY},
  keyword      = {EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK,SPEAKING TESTS,RATING-SCALE,CEFR,PERFORMANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {44--58},
  title        = {The B2 level and the dream of a common standard},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2017.1421955},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Deygers, Bart, Koen Van Gorp, and Thomas Demeester. 2018. “The B2 Level and the Dream of a Common Standard.” Language Assessment Quarterly 15 (1): 44–58.
APA
Deygers, B., Van Gorp, K., & Demeester, T. (2018). The B2 level and the dream of a common standard. LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY, 15(1), 44–58.
Vancouver
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Deygers B, Van Gorp K, Demeester T. The B2 level and the dream of a common standard. LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY. 2018;15(1):44–58.
MLA
Deygers, Bart, Koen Van Gorp, and Thomas Demeester. “The B2 Level and the Dream of a Common Standard.” LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT QUARTERLY 15.1 (2018): 44–58. Print.