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Concurrent and Predictive Validity of Computer-adaptive Freshman English Test for College Freshman English in Taiwan

1. Cindy Chou; 2. Massoud Moslehpour (Corresponding author); 3. Nguyen Thi Le Huyen.
1. Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics 200, Sec. 7, Taiwan Boulevard, Shalu Dist., Taichung City 43301, Taiwan; 2. Department of Business Administration, Asia University 500, Liufeng Rd., Wufeng, Taichung 41354, Taiwan; 3. Department of Business Administration, University of Finance and Accountancy La Ha Town, Tu Nghia District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam
Abstract :
Undoubtedly, it is always a continuing effort for colleges and universities to seek a reliable 
assessment tool for placing students into appropriate college Freshman English levels in order 
to maximize its instructional effectiveness. The assessment tool, however, is required of 
fulfilling cardinal principles of test validity, reliability, and practicality. This study was 
designed to determine the level of criterion-related validity in terms of concurrent and 
predictive validity of a computer-adaptive Freshman English Test (CAFET) employed as a 
Freshman English placement test at a university in central Taiwan. Two other English 
proficiency tests, the National Joint College Entrance Exam on English Proficiency 
(NJCEEE) and Taiwan’s General English Proficiency Test Intermediate Level (GEPT-I1) 
were used as criterion variables for measuring the CAFET’s concurrent validity. In addition 
to evaluating the CAFET’s internal quality, individual and/or combined predictive power of 
the CAFET, NJCEEE, and GEPT-I1 for Freshman English course achievement of participants 
of School Year 2010-2011 was also investigated. Statistical procedures of Pearson’s Product 
Moment correlation coefficients, one-way ANOVA, and simple and multiple regressions 
were performed. The results supported usability of the CAFET as an appropriate tool to place 
students into proficiency levels of the Freshman English program, especially when 
practicality is a prime consideration. Implications and suggestions for future research are 
Keywords :
Placement Testing, Computer-adaptive Testing, Criterion-related Validity, GEPT, CAFET

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Volume 2, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2325-0887

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