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Language Testing: July 2014
This month we have a new issue of Language Testing Bytes, in which Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder talk about scoring, rating scales, and rating procedures in performance tests. We also have a link to LTRC 2015, which is unusually early. The call for papers is already out. Regular daily updates across the website, as always.


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Conferences: The LTRC 2015 call for papers is out, with a closing date of 31st August 2014. That's quite tight, so get your skates on! Coming Soon: The next podcast will be released some time in late September or October 2014, and will feature Fred Davidson and Cary Lin on statistics in language testing.


Current Feature:
Multiple Choice Items.
Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


The Language Testing Bookstore is an Amazon affiliate. We try to keep the store up to date with all books on language testing currently in print. These are arranged under a number of categories from general texts, to specialist areas of testing and assessment. You can also find texts on educational measurement and statistics that are commonly used in language testing programmes. All books ordered through the bookstore are delivered by Amazon.


Information Alert Services
The website has a number of free Information Alert Services that are designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on in the world of language testing & assessment. These services use webslicing, which is a web feature introduced with Internet Explorer 8. Information on how webslicing works is available on the site's technical page. When you subscribe to a webslice a tab is placed on the favourites bar of Internet Explorer and you are alerted whenever the information is updated. You can currently subscribe to any of the following services:

Language Testing News: Available on this page. When you subscribe your browser will check for new language testing stories on this website every few hours. Go straight to the top story, or come back to this page to see all new stories in the world's media. Frequency: Daily.

Jobs4U: A daily roundup of jobs in testing and assessment. You see just the most recent job available in the alert, but just click to go to the employment page where you will find all the new positions just advertised. Frequency: Daily.

Article Alert: Checks the language testing journals and many applied linguistics and educational research journals for articles on language testing. When you receive an alert, go to the page to see all the new articles that have just been published. Frequency: Weekly.

Language Testing Bytes: Notification of new issues of the podcast so you can download them from this website. Frequency: 3 - 4 times annually.

Language Testing on Youtube: Keep up with the videos published by testing, assessment and media companies. Frequency: Variable.

Also available is this website's bulletin with periodic information about updates and other language testing news. Frequency: variable.


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IELTS - International English Language Testing System| Home
Handbook, test explanations and information about obtaining practice material.

BBC Languages ? Free online lessons to learn and study with
Free online language learning: courses, audio, video and games, including the alphabet, phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests

Educational Testing Service - ETS Home
Assessment development and research organization. Directory of tests for a variety of age groups and subjects. Information for applicants with disabilities, research ...

ACTFL - American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
Dedicated to promoting the study of foreign languages and cultures as an integral component of American education and society. Information on events, testing ...

The TOEFL Test: Find Your Format - Educational Testing Service
The TOEFL iBT® test, administered via the Internet, is offered more than 50 times a year at ETS-authorized test centers throughout the world.

TOEFL® Prep- and TOEFL® Preparation -- 120 TOEFL ...
TOEFL is an acronym that stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It measures your proficiency in the English language in an academic context.

Exam English - Free Practice Tests for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC ...
Exam English Home Page. This web site is for people studying for an English language exam. These pages contain free online practice tests for the most important ...

TOEFLGoAnywhere.org - The TOEFL® Test
Want to study abroad? Need a visa for an English-speaking country? The TOEFL English-language test can get you there. Visit TOEFLGoAnywhere.org for more info.

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL®, TOEIC®, SAT ...
Practise your understanding of English with a series of free, graded online tests aimed at students taking the TOEIC and TOEFL examinations. Along with stories that ...

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills listening, reading, writing ...

British Council - IELTS Canada - IELTS International ...
Take IELTS English test with British Council. IELTS ? The worlds leading English test of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Book your IELTS test NOW!

Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL: Home
Information about the TOEFL tests and services are available online. Try the TOEFL practice questions.

International English Language Testing System - Wikipedia ...
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language ...

English Language Community - Learning English vocabulary ...
Learn English language. Interactive, online grammar and vocabulary tests. Interactive exercises for all levels.

IELTS Exam Preparation - IELTS Home
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills listening, reading, writing ...

IELTS-Blog - IELTS exam preparation for free
IELTS-blog has everything you need to prepare for IELTS exam by yourself. You will find here valuable information about the IELTS test, strategies, tips and

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Wikipedia, the ...
Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL / ? t o? f ?l / TOH-f?l, is a standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language ...

IELTS | Test Takers - Test Sample
IELTS is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional ...

Edufind - English grammar resources, exercises, and tests
Edufind.com is a collection of free English language tools and references for English learners, English teachers, and users of the English language.

UsingEnglish.com - English Language (ESL) Learning Online ...
Question bank for students, language forum, tests, language news for teachers, and an irregular verb list program.


Humour
Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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