Language Testing Terminology

1.                Validity: The test accurately reflects the content of the syllabus on which it is based, and in suitable proportion. It tests nothing else!

2.                Reliability: a reliable test should be  a consistent measure of performance. Hypothetically, the score obtained by a student should be very similar to what would have been attained on a different occasion.

3.                OPI; This stands for Oral Proficiency Interview, the speaking test component of STANAG proficiency tests.

4.                Level Check: In an OPI test, this is when a tester checks to see if the student is at the level they expect them to be. It confirms the assumed ability of the student.

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Learning Strategy for improving Listening skill

Practice listening in real context outside of class at least there times a week(Watching the news, sitcoms, or DVDs, going to the movies, listening to the radio, tapes or podcasts, etc.) and keep a Listening Log to record these experiences. This will provide opportunities for you to apply or practice what you have learned and will also provide you with new cultural information.

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