6. Use of Technology in Rating Speaking Tests
Fumiyo Nakatsuhara [+]
University of Bedfordshire
Vivien Berry [+]
Chapter 6 discusses how technology can now be effectively used for enhancing scoring validity of tests, by minimizing potential unfairness to test-takers related to construct irrelevant variables such as rater severity, and by facilitating electronic transfers of recorded test performances and on-line rater standardization training. It also describes how technology can aid interlocutors’ test administration in face-to-face speaking tests (e.g. TEAP’s use of iPads to facilitate test administration) and how ratings of video-recorded performances compare to ratings of audio-recorded performances.