Designing an IELTS test and analysing it

 

This assignment has got 2 main parts;

1.  You need to design a n IELTS (International English Language system) test with its 4 sections (writing, listening, speaking and reading).

2. Once  you design our test then you need to write a justification (analyzing) about our test (sample justification was provided)

Part 1: designing an IELTS exam

1. a) Listening test Design: (4 questions and answers 180-200 words )

You need to find sample passages from Internet for listening section, and add them at the end of the test as an appendix.

Two texts (e.g. a dialogue and a monologue) are required. At least two test techniques (e.g. one multiple choice question and one true or false question) should be used with each technique employed to design two test questions (e.g. one is easy and the other is difficult) for listening skill.
You should write brief and clear instructions for each test question. All test items should be clearly labeled or numbered and attached in appendices.
You need to provide answers of your questions as well.

Texts Test Techniques Test questions for each text Total test questions for listening
2 2 2 4
e.g. one dialogue and one monologue e.g. one multiple choice question and one true or false question one is easy and the other is difficult

1. b) Reading test design (6 questions & answers 200 words)

You need to find sample passage from Internet, and add it at the end of the test as an appendix.

One text (e.g. a dialogue or a monologue) are required. At least 6 test techniques e.g.multiple choice question, true or false question, gap filling, matching, short answers, long written assignments (letter), paraphrasing, sentence completion, error detection,should be used with each technique employed to design test questions (e.g. from easier to difficult) for reading skills.
Reading: design and develop one reading task. It should have six test questions and cover the following reading skills and techniques.
1. Understanding main idea
2. Skimming
3. Scanning
4. Understanding words and expressions in context, e.g. pronoun reference
5. Understanding words and expressions in context, e.g. contextual meaning, not literary meaning
6. Identifying the passage writer’s attitudes, viewpoints or implications, e.g. optimistic, pessimistic, ironic or appraising
The test question format should include multiple choices, a short answer, gap filling and true or false.

You need to provide answers of your questions.
Texts Test Techniques Test questions Total test questions for reading
1 6 6 6
See lecture 11 Testing Reading Skills Each test question should assess one reading skill.
-reading for main idea
-skimming
-scanning
-identifying attitude
-making inference
1. c) Speaking test design (2 questions and marking criteria 700 words)

Two different test techniques should be used with each technique employed to design two test questions (e.g. one is a role play and the other is a situational dialogue).Key marking criteria should be developed.

You don’t have to write any sample answers however you need to create sample criteria for speaking test. Check the following link for sample criteria, please do not copy it, you need to create a unique criteria for your speaking test. http://goo.gl/HALVSY

2. d) Writing test design (2 questions and marking criteria 700 words)
Writing: design and develop two writing tasks.

Two different test techniques should be used with each technique employed to design two test questions (e.g. one is a graph or table-based writing task and the other is a topic-based one). Key marking criteria should be developed.

You don’t have to write any sample answers however you need to create sample criteria for writing test. Check the following link for sample criteria, please do not copy it, you need to create a unique criteria for your writing test. http://goo.gl/QjZYcx
Part 2: Justification (analyzing) of the test
(Sample test justification provided, have a look that please)
I. (Paragraph 1)Introduction (125 words 1 reference)

1.1. Background information
Preview of key points

II.
2.1. (Paragraph 2)Background to the test designed (100 words, 1 reference)
Give a brief account of background information abouta proficiency test you designed, e.g. test purposes, test takers, skills tested.

2.2. (paragraph 3)Listening test design (600 words, 2 references)

Fully discuss and support the use of each test technique for the test questions with evidence (e.g. using second language assessment and testing theories).
2.3. (Paragraph 4)Reading test design (600 words 2 references)

Fully discuss and support the use of each test technique for the test questions with evidence (e.g. using second language assessment and testing theories).

2.4. (Paragraph 5) Speakingtest design (600 words 2 references)

Fully discuss and support the use of each test technique for the test questions with evidence (e.g. using second language assessment and testing theories). Discuss the criteria that you crated for speaking test.

2.5. (Paragraph 6)Writing test design (600 words 2 references)

Fully discuss and support the use of each test technique for the test questions with evidence (e.g. using second language assessment and testing theories). Discuss the criteria that you crated for writing test.
III. (Paragraph 7)Conclusion (125 words 1 referencing)

3.1. Summarize key points covered
3.2. Strengths and possible weaknesses

IV. References

(No less than ten references are required. Use to APA referencing style

V. Appendices (You can submit a hard copy with a coversheet. Please provide a self-addressed and stamped envelope if you wish them to be sent to you)

5.1. Appendix-1: Listening Test
Listening comprehension (transcripts and answers, with each source listed after the transcripts)

5.2. Appendix-2: Reading Test
Reading comprehension (readingpassages and answers,with each source listed after the reading passage)

5.3. Appendix-3: Speaking Test
Instructions and topics for speaking test and test techniques (refer to an IELTS sample test for details)

5.4. Appendix-4: Writing Test
Instructions and topics for writing test and test techniques (refer to an IELTS sample test for details)

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