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Comparison of Content, Item Statistics, and Test-Taker Performance on the Redesigned and Classic TOEIC Listening and Reading Test

Liao, Chi-Wen; Hatrak, Natalie; Yu, Feng
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TOEIC Compendium
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English as a Foreign Language (EFL) English as a Second Language (ESL) English Language Proficiency English Language Skills Listening Skills Reading Skills Self-Assessment Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Test-Taker Performance Validity


SUMMARY: This paper compares the content, reliability and difficulty of the classic and 2006 redesigned TOEIC Listening and Reading tests. Although the redesigned tests included slightly different item types to better reflect current models of language proficiency, the tests were judged to be similar across versions. The results provide evidence for the reliability and consistency of the redesigned TOEIC Listening and Reading tests, and suggest that the redesigned tests can be meaningfully interpreted and used to make decisions in line with the classic tests. ABSTRACT: The objective of the redesign of the TOEIC Listening and Reading test was to align the test with the developments in the field of English language learning, while maintaining score comparability across redesigned and classic test versions. To that end, this paper looks at interim analyses results from the comparison of the Classic and the Redesigned TOEIC Listening and Reading test in three areas: (a) content, (b) item statistics, and (c) test-taker performance. This paper is part of the Research Foundation for TOEIC: A Compendium of Studies, published by ETS in 2010.

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