Finding the right measure: from blueprint to specification to item type

  • Tobie van Dyk Unit for Language Skills Development, University of Pretoria
  • Albert Weideman Unit for Language Skills Development, University of Pretoria
Keywords: language testing, test construction, test specifications, task types


One of the important challenges of test design and construction is to align the blueprint of a test and the specifications that flow from it with the task types that are selected to measure the language ability described in the blueprint. This article examines a number of such task types and their alignment with the blueprint of a particular test of academic literacy. In particular, we consider a reconceptualisation of one traditional task type that has been utilised in some pilot tests. Its modification, problems, and potential value and future application are examined.

Key Words: language testing; test construction; test specifications; task types

Journal for Language Teaching Vol.38(1) 2004: 15-24

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