CEFR-aligned language tests: A systematic scoping review

Wan Abdul Halim, Wan Alisa Hanis and Nik Mohd Alwi, Nik Aloesnita (2022) CEFR-aligned language tests: A systematic scoping review. Assessing Writing. pp. 1-47. ISSN 1075-2935. (Unpublished) (Unpublished)

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The Common European Framework of Research (CEFR) is not geared to be a standard for test development. Even so, the framework is used as a reference in many language tests, resulting in these tests being identified as CEFR-aligned language tests. To date, there is an increasing number of CEFR-aligned language tests. Several studies have been conducted to determine the purposes of CEFR-aligned language tests and the relevance of CEFR in CEFR-aligned language tests, particularly writing tests. Therefore, the current paper conducted a systematic scoping review (SRR) on CEFR-aligned language tests with a focus on writing tests. A total of 31 papers from 2011 to 2021, sourced from ScienceDirect, were reviewed. The current SRR was guided by the Systematic Evidence-Based Approach (SEBA), with minor modifications. The current study discovered that the CEFR-aligned language tests served five purposes, with each type of test adopted different conditions of testing procedure and judging criteria. Despite that there is a limited clear correlation between the purpose of language tests and the condition of the testing procedure and judging criteria, the current SRR confirms the need for rater training in CEFR-aligned language tests, even when raters present a solid grasp of the CEFR.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CEFR; CEFR-aligned language tests; Writing assessment; CEFR-aligned rating scales; SEBA
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
Faculty/Division: Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Center for Modern Languages
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2022 04:16
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2022 04:16
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/35532
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