How much reliable are our language tests? A case study
Mohammed Humayun Kabir
Abstract: In this paper we will first attempt to familiarize the paradigm shifting in language teaching in Bangladesh. Then, the umbrella term reliability is discussed with references to the literature. Subsequently, four different data instruments have been analysed in order to investigate how far reliability is maintained in testing Reading and Writing by taking HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) English testing as sample. The study found that reliability at HSC English Testing is not maintained, as item setting. marking, test administration etc. are problematic. Finally, this study recommends some pragmatic measures like providing rater’s training, introducing rating scale, establishing fair and impartial test administration, etc. to achieve the desired goal.
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Published in Fall 2009