Test results are often used to make major decisions, whether for
educational or research purposes. But what intervening factors affect the
reliability and validity of the tests? And how can we design better tests?
This book draws on a theoretical framework from research in reading and
language testing, and investigates the results of a set of reading
comprehension tests that were delivered to 750 Japanese university
students. Its objective is to improve the quality of language tests by
addressing the following questions:
-How do different kinds of text organisation affect students' performance?
-What are the effects of different response formats such as summary writing
and open-ended questions?
-What can examiners do to ensure that test results provide a more accurate
measure of learners' language abilities?
This book aims to make the full set of the author's research findings
available for the first time.
Reading Comprehension - Text Features - Testing Reading Comprehension -
Research Rationale and Research Design - Results of the Study - Detailed
Analysis of Cloze Tests - Detailed Analysis of Open-Ended Questions.