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Validity and Reliability of a Test Used for Assessing University Students’ Academic Language Proficiency

Marco Mezzadri    Università degli Studi di Parma, Italia    

Flora Sisti    Università degli Studi di Urbino «Carlo Bo», Italia    

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abstract

This article presents a test model developed to assess university students’ academic language proficiency. The context is that of Italian universities, which are required by law to assess first year students’ initial preparation. Drawing on the literature regarding test construct, it explores the validity and reliability of the test through the analysis of the data collected during an experimental implementation phase carried out at the Universities of Genova, Parma and Urbino.

Published
June 7, 2019
Accepted
Feb. 9, 2019
Submitted
Jan. 22, 2019
Language
EN

Keywords: Assessing university students’ initial preparationEducational linguisticsTest reliabilityTesting academic language proficiencyTest validity

Copyright: © 2018 Marco Mezzadri, Flora Sisti. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.