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Work in Progress: The Transition from Paper-based to Computer-based High-stakes Tests

Authors Lena Asp
Patrik Axelson
Jerker Brorsson
Ulrika Jonsson
Matthew Nowlin
Frank Perrotte
Åsa Sebestyen
Published in EALTA:s årliga konferens, Bochum, Tyskland, 25-27 maj 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Language en
Keywords NAFS, digitalisering, nationella prov, engelska, moderna språk
Subject categories Specific Languages, Educational Sciences


The NAFS project at the University of Gothenburg develops mandatory national high-stakes tests for EFL and assessment support materials for second foreign languages. Currently, PBTs are developed for EFL learners (approximately CEFR A2.1–B2.1) with about 500,000 test takers annually. These national tests aim to assess written and oral production and interaction, as well as reading and listening comprehension. The Swedish government has tasked the National Agency for Education with the production of CBTs for 2022. Consequently, the NAFS project has undertaken to develop tasks suited to CBTs. The first phase of the transition has been construction of pre-pilot tests for reading and writing. From November 2017 to April 2018, large scale pilot testing, based on pre-pilots, was carried out in a locked web-based platform involving a wide range of students using a variety of devices. This has provided new perspectives on the testing cycle through an analysis of execution in schools and both test-taker and teacher feedback. The poster relates our progress thus far into CB rubrics and digital formats; it also presents preliminary findings from the pilots as well as areas of concern. The poster includes an overview of piloting process and quality assurance measures, preliminary findings, discussion on sample and potential bias, questions related to fairness and equity, validity and reliability.

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