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Placement test content

Tables 12 through 21 give some details about the contents and validation procedures used for both internal and external tests. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the oral skills and real-world skills were less often assessed than the traditional skills of reading, writing, and grammatical knowledge (see Table 12). One program also reported assessing cultural knowledge in addition to more linguistic skills.

Table 12: Skills assessed for placement purposes
Skill Responses
Reading 115
Grammar 109
Vocabulary 102
Writing 80
Listening 56
Speaking 42
Ability to complete a real world task 15
Cultural knowledge* 1
Personal interview* 1
*Write-in response


Martyn Clark 2004-12-21