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A Study of the Effects of Variation of Short-Term Memory Load, Reading Response Length, and Processing Hierarchy on TOEFL Listening Comprehension Item Performance TOEFL ESL

Author(s):
Henning, Grant
Publication Year:
1990
Report Number:
RR-90-18, TOEFL-RR-33
Source:
ETS Research Report
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
72
Subject/Key Words:
Memory, Performance Factors, Reading Comprehension, Test Length, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Abstract

Also, items with shortened options showed greater convergent and discriminant validity across levels of difficulty than did items with unshortened options. And, there was a near-significant tendency for items with shortened options to exhibit better discrimination than items with unshortened options, when concomitant influences were controlled.

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