Types of Test

2008

Tamar Mikeladze
Doctoral Student of Telavi State University English Language Teacher at Telavi State University

Types of Test according to:

test purpose

(or use for which they are intended)

score interpretation
/frame of reference
 

test construction scoring procedure  test format

Types of tests according to test purpose (or use for which they are intended)

Proficiency test
to measure people’s ability in a language regardless of any training they may have had.

Placement test
to place students at the stage or class appropriate to their abilities.

Achievement test
to measure how much of the language taught during a period of time has been learned.

Aptitude test
to predict a student’s future success, potential, capability in language learning.

Diagnostic test
to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses and to ascertain further teaching plan.

Types of tests according to score interpretation/frame of reference

Normreferenced testing

Criterionreferenced testing

performance is measured not with relation to teaching objectives, but with relation to group ranking.

performance is measured not with relation to others’ scores, but with relation to criteria for a particular unit of learning.

Types of tests according to test construction

Direct testing

Indirect testing
to measure the abilities which underlie the skills in which we are interested.

to measure one’s ability directly in an authentic context and format.

Types of tests according to scoring procedure

Objective
testing
can be scored with reference to a scoring

Subjective testing
will be scored on an individual basis with scorer’s opinion or judgment.

key and with no subjective judgment.

Types of tests according to test format

Discrete-point testing
to test single element of language or skill at a time.

Integrative testing
to test two or more (often a number of) skills or features of language together.

Power test
to measure the level of performance with sufficient difficulty and ample time to complete.

Speed test
to measure the level of performance with many easy test items and a time limit.

Computer adaptive testing
using computer to present test content and can match individual testee’s ability.

Standardized test

Test that has been experimentally evaluated and found valid and reliable.

Table of Types of Test/worksheet I
Types of Test and Features of Test Norm-referenced Criterion-referenced Objective testing Subjective testing Discrete-point test Integrative test Proficiency Test Aptitude Test Achievement Test Diagnostic Test

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Table of Types of Test/worksheet II
Types of Test and Features of Test Norm-referenced Criterion-referenced Objective testing Subjective testing Discrete-point test Integrative test Direct testing Proficiency Test Aptitude Test Achievement Test Diagnostic Test

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