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A Content Validity Study of TEM-8 Reading Comprehension (2008-2010)
Kristianstad University, School of Teacher Education.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

TEM-8 (Test for English Majors, Band 8) is a large-scale nationwide standard test for

English majors in China. It has been increasingly recognized in China and has already

become one of the criteria for judging English teaching and learning in China. It is

necessary to pay more attention to its development. Meanwhile, reading comprehension is

regarded as vitally important in acquiring a language. It is worthy investigating how to

measure reading comprehension ability accurately and properly in language testing and

whether reading comprehension in TEM-8 can reflect the test-taker’s reading ability. This

thesis analyzes the content validity of the reading comprehension part of TEM-8 from

2008 to 2010 in terms of the new framework of task characteristics revised from Bachman

and Palmer’s framework (1996: 49), and in accordance with The Teaching Syllabus for

TEM-8 and The 2004 Test Syllabus for TEM-8. This study has shown that TEM-8

reading comprehension part has relatively high content validity, basically corresponding

to the requirements in the teaching syllabus and test syllabus. However, there are some

deficiencies influencing the content validity of TEM-8, such as limited test method,

limited data recources and time.

Key words:

TEM-8, Reading Comprehension, Content validity

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
TEM-8, Reading Comprehension, Content validity
National Category
Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8329OAI: diva2:428958
Educational program
Teacher Education
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-07-07 Created: 2011-07-01 Last updated: 2011-07-07Bibliographically approved

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