Validity — What Does It Mean for the TOEIC® Tests?

Powers, Donald E.
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validity English language profiency writing skills speaking skills test-taker performance self-assessment English as a foreign language EFL English as a second language (ESL) English language skills theories of communicative competence can-do statements


The main value of the TOEIC® tests lies in their validity, which is the extent to which the tests do what we claim they can do—measure a person’s ability to communicate in English in a workplace setting. The TOEIC tests yield valid scores in part because of the careful way in which they are designed. Further evidence of the validity of the TOEIC scores comes from special studies such as can-do self-assessment studies. This paper is part of the Research Foundation for TOEIC: A Compendium of Studies, published by ETS in 2010.

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