Assessment Research Awards and Grants Reports
These reports describe the results of projects carried out by external researchers that have been funded through the Assessment Research Awards and Grants scheme.
See the ARAGs Reports
Examining the Cognitive Processes Engaged by Aptis Writing
Khaled Barkaoui . This study examined the cognitive validity of Aptis Writing Task 4 within Weir's (2005) socio-cognitive framework for test validation.
Investigating Valid Constructs for Writing in EAP Tests
Yumiko Moore. This study investigated what would constitute a valid English writing task for Japanese university admission purposes.
Validating the Core Inventory for General English
Glyn Jones. The Core Inventory for General English aims to inform teachers about the levels at which learners of English master certain aspects of the language.
L1 and Listening Proficiency in Paired Speaking
Suwimol Jaiyote. This report presents a study of the relationship between test-takersʼ L1, listening proficiency and their performance on paired speaking tests.
The Effects of Single and Double Play upon Listening Tests
John Field. The convention of allowing test-takers to hear a recording twice is a controversial topic within L2 listening assessment.
Interacting with Visuals in L2 Listening Tests
Ruslan Suvorov. This study employed eye-tracking technology to investigate the extent to which L2 learners view two types of visuals how the learners perceive and use the two video types.
Evaluating Aptis Tests With Teacher Training Students
Julie Douglas and Charlotte Mbali. The Aptis test was used with three groups of candidates in South Africa to investigate the value of introducing the test .
Looking into test-takers cognitive processes
Tineke Brunfaut and Gareth McCray. Looking into test-takers cognitive processes while completing reading tasks.
Identifying key criteria of written and spoken english at C1
Susan Sheehan, Pete Sanderson, Ann Harris.This project set out to identify criterial features of written and spoken English at C1.
Examining Features of Discourse and Lexis in Aptis
Noriko Iwashita, Lyn May and Paul Moore. This study investigated features of discourse competence and vocabulary use across levels and tasks in the Aptis Speaking Test.
Looking into listening: Using Eye-Tracking
Franz Holzknecht, Kathrin Eberharter, Benjamin Kremmel,Gareth McCray's, Matthias Zehentner,Eva Konrad and Carol Spöttl. This study investigated the cognitive processing of 30 test-takers.
Assessment for Learning Using Aptis
Jinlan Tang. Assessment For Learning: Using Aptis as a diagnostic assessment tool in the EFL writing classroom