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The TOEIC Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing Tests: Evaluating Their Unique Contribution to Assessing English-Language Proficiency

Author(s):
Powers, Donald E.; Yu, Feng; Yan, Fred
Publication Year:
2013
Source:
Powers, Donald E. (ed.) The Research Foundation for the TOEIC Tests: A Compendium of Studies: Volume II. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service, Sep 2013, p3.1-3.13
Document Type:
Chapter
Page Count:
14
Subject/Key Words:
Correlation of Test Scores English as a Foreign Language (EFL) English as a Second Language (ESL) English Language Assessment (ELA) English Language Skills Four-Skills Assessment of English Language Proficiency Item Analysis Listening Skills Reading Skills Speaking Skills Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Test-Taker Performance Writing Skills

Abstract

SUMMARY: This study investigates: 1.The extent to which TOEIC test scores of one ability correlate with test takers' self-assessments of their English abilities across all four skills 2.Whether one English skill (e.g., reading) can be more accurately estimated or predicted using multiple other TOEIC test scores, i.e., listening, speaking and writing For the first point, researchers found significant correlations between self-assessments and TOEIC test scores across all four skills, which provides evidence that TOEIC test scores are valid and meaningful indicators of English-language proficiency. For the second, researchers concluded that more accurate predictions of English-language ability were obtained when multiple TOEIC test scores were used. This can be explained by a conceptualization of language proficiency in which language knowledge (e.g., grammar, vocabulary) is utilized across language skills, and demonstrates that four-skill assessment can be used to measure any single language skill even more accurately. (This outcome is consistent with the results of the externally conducted study The Incremental Contribution of TOEIC Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing Tests to Predicting Performance on Real-Life English Language Tasks.)

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