Development of the Online Self-Placement Test Engine That Interactively Selects Texts for an Extensive Reading Test
Extensive reading is a method of learning language by reading many books that are easy and enjoyable. There is a need for a placement instrument to evaluate learners’ reading levels and the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading tests are well established. However, they have a few drawbacks, for example they are paper tests and preparing the correct level of test for individual learners is difficult. The Extensive Reading Foundation Online Self-Placement Test (ERFOSPT) is a new online self-placement test that “evaluates learners fluent reading levels easily, quickly and accurately”. It delivers the test via the Internet and adaptively selects texts depending on records of the learners reading level and the results of previous questions in the test. In this paper we explain the development of the Online Self- Placement Test engine that is a part of the ERFOSPT.
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