The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Test Specifications

Owen, Nathaniel (2018). Test Specifications. In: Liontas, John I. (Editor-in-Chief) ed. The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 1–6.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118784235.eelt0354
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Test specifications are iterative, generative blueprints of test design. They are written at the item level, and allow test developers or item writers to produce new versions of a test for different test-taking populations. The specs serve as guidelines so that new versions can be compared to previous versions. Specs may detail the properties of individual items or the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are encoded in specific items. A series of specs that make up a complete picture of a test are known as a table of specifications. Various models have been proposed for writing specs. This entry uses that proposed by Davidson and Lynch (2002) with a worked example of an IELTS reading test specification for a multiple-choice item to elucidate what a spec looks like and how it can be written.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-118-78423-5, 978-1-118-78423-5
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 53334
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 12:55
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53334
Share this page:

Metrics

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU