Title: On e-testing: an Overview of Main Issues - Background Note
Authors: MARTINHO GUIMARAES PIRES PEREIRA ANGELASCHEUERMANN FRIEDRICH
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36015
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23057 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36015
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The European Council (2006/C172/01) conclusions1 on the European Indicator of Language Competence ask for measures for objective testing of skills in first and second foreign languages based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The Council invites the Commission to assist Member States (MS) to define the organisational and resource implications for them of the construction and administration of tests, including looking into the possibility of adopting e-testing as the means to administer the tests. Electronic testing could improve the effectiveness, i.e. improve identification of skills, and efficiency, by reducing costs (financial efforts, human resources etc.). A variety of piloting activities have been undertaken to support recent discussions about integrating information technologies (IT) into the tasks of assessing skills. These activities aim at verifying the strengths and weaknesses, potentials and barriers posed in terms of their application in real situations. Such experiences are not sufficiently documented yet but results so far suggest that IT based tools could support the assessment process and the analysis of results. In terms of language skills assessment there are certain specific barriers to be taken into account, and that will be discussed in the reminder of the document.
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