International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 1 (2013), No. 1, Pages 1-21

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v1i1p01

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A New Method to Setting Standard for the Wide Range of Language Proficiency Levels

Jari Metsamuuronen1 

1Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

URL: https://doi.org/10.12735/ier.v1i1p01Citations: 2 (Details)

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Abstract

A new methodological tool is introduced to standard setting of language proficiency level of test takers. The traditional methods are strong when a narrow range of proficiency levels are assessed but in some cases they produce odd results with the tests of wide range of levels. The Three-phased Theory-based and Test-centered method for the Wide range of proficiency levels (3TTW) is developed on the basis of Metsämuuronen’s 2TTW especially for the settings where several proficiency levels have to be found at one shot. This is needed in most cases when students’ learning outcomes are assessed (inter)national wise. The 3TTW procedure is compared with a traditional method and 2TTW. A practical application of the method is given with a reading test in Nepal.

Keywords: language testing, CEFR levels, language proficiency, standard setting, IRT modeling

To Cite this Article: Metsämuuronen, J. (2013). A New Method to Setting Standard for the Wide Range of Language Proficiency Levels. International Education Research, 1(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.12735/ier.v1i1p01

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