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Book: Assessing Speaking

Chapter: 6. Use of Technology in Rating Speaking Tests

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40216


Chapter 6 discusses how technology can now be effectively used for enhancing scoring validity of tests, by minimizing potential unfairness to test-takers related to construct irrelevant variables such as rater severity, and by facilitating electronic transfers of recorded test performances and on-line rater standardization training. It also describes how technology can aid interlocutors’ test administration in face-to-face speaking tests (e.g. TEAP’s use of iPads to facilitate test administration) and how ratings of video-recorded performances compare to ratings of audio-recorded performances.

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