Item and task difficulty in a B2 reading examination: perceptions of test-takers and CEFR alignment experts compared with psychometric measurements

Andrej Stopar, Gašper Ilc
2016 CIRCULO de linguistica aplicada a la comunicacion  
clacCÍRCULOclac de lingüística aplicada a la comunica ción 67/2016 Stopar, Andrej and Ilc, Gašper. 2016. Item and task difficulty in a B2 reading examination: perceptions of test-takers and CEFR alignment experts compared with psychometric measurements. Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 67, 318-342. Abstract The article presents a study of a CEFR B2-level reading subtest that is part of the Slovenian national secondary school leaving examination in English as a foreign language,
more » ... a foreign language, and compares the test-taker actual performance (objective difficulty) with the test-taker and expert perceptions of item difficulty (subjective difficulty). The study also analyses the test-takers' comments on item difficulty obtained from a while-reading questionnaire. The results are discussed in the framework of the existing research in the fields of (the assessment of) reading comprehension, and are addressed with regard to their implications for item-writing, FL teaching and curriculum development. stopar and ilc: item and task difficulty 319
doi:10.5209/clac.53487 fatcat:rp2x5klzgzdhpg57e6rr3734sm