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Language Testing: April 2014
The new feature on multiple choice items has been the most read since the I started doing these back in 2009. I can only assume that writing multiple choice items is still a strong feature of most language testing courses, and a high-demand skill for teachers. New for this month is Issue #17 of Language Testing Bytes, in which I talk to Ryo Nitta and Fumiyo Nakatsuhara about their research on the provision of pre-task planning in paired speaking tests.


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Coming Soon: The next podcast will be released some time in August 2014, and will feature Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder on rater behaviour in performance testing.


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Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


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WIDA
WIDA supports academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and ...

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IELTS Results
Step 1 of 2 : Notice to candidates: The preview of IELTS test results will start at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on the 13th day after the test.

IELTS Free Practice tests to develop your exam technique
Spend time developing your exam technique with our IELTS free practice tests. Download the tests and answer sheets or take the practice test online.

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills listening, reading, writing ...

TOEFL | Go anywhere from here.
The world's most common requirement for university and college admissions, ETS TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is an English proficiency test that opens ...

TOEFL: Home
Information about the TOEFL tests and services are available online. Try the TOEFL practice questions.

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Humour
Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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17 April, 2014

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Tests for foreign doctors 'must be harder to pass' to ensure patient safety - Daily Mail
17 April, 2014

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Tests for foreign doctors 'must be harder to pass' to ensure patient safety
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McKeever: Spring cleaning his brain - The Advocate
17 April, 2014

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Teachers' union call for standardized test moratorium is ill-timed, ill-conceived - Bangor Daily News
17 April, 2014

Bangor Daily News

Teachers' union call for standardized test moratorium is ill-timed, ill-conceived
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A mentor for youth at home and in Kosovo
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