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Influence of Irrelevant Speech on Standardized Test Performance

Author(s):
Powers, Donald E.; Albertson, Wendy; Florek, Thomas; Johnson, Kathy; Malak, John; Nemceff, William P.; Porzuc, Mark; Silvester, Donna; Wang, Minhwei; Winner, Edward; Zelazny, Aleksander
Publication Year:
2002
Report Number:
RR-02-06, TOEFL-RR-68
Source:
ETS Research Report
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
46
Subject/Key Words:
Distraction, Standardized Testing, Speaking Tests, Test Validity

Abstract

The conclusion was that intermingling examinees with others who are taking a speaking test remains a concern, primarily because of strong negative perceptions by test takers. More effective means need to be devised to reduce or control distraction.

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