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  Tay Lesley with Christa Hansen and Jean Zukowski-Faust Placement Testing Program  This page has been intentionally left blank  Placement Test Contents Placement Test Administration and Scoring Guide Description of the Placement Testing Program 4Placement Procedure 5 Objective Placement Test Description of the Objective Placement Test 7Administration of the Objective Placement Test 7Scoring of the Objective Placement Test 8 Placement Conversation Description of the Placement Conversation 9Administration of the Placement Conversation 9Evaluation of the Placement Conversation 9Placement Conversation Tasks 12 Placement Essay Description of the Placement Essay 14Administration of the Placement Essay 14Evaluation of the Placement Essay 14Placement Essay Rating Guide with Samples 15 Teachers’ Test Materials  21Placement Conversation Rating Form 22Final Placement Form 24Answer Key for Objective Placement Test A 25Answer Key for Objective Placement Test B 26Answer Key for Objective Placement Test C 27Audio Scripts for Objective Placement Test A 28Audio Scripts for Objective Placement Test B 31Audio Scripts for Objective Placement Test C 34 Students’ Test Materials  37Placement Essay Form A 38Placement Essay Form B 40Placement Essay Form C 42Objective Placement Test A with Answer Sheet 44Objective Placement Test B with Answer Sheet 62Objective Placement Test C with Answer Sheet 80[3]  Description of the Placement Testing Program  The Interchange/Passages  Placement Testing Program is designed to identify the optimal level for students entering programs where Interchange  and Passages  are used. Placement can be made into the first or second half of each level of Interchange  and Passages.  The test consists of three parts: an Objective Placement Test, including a recorded listening section; a Placement Conversation; and a Placement Essay. For users’ convenience, there are three versions of the Objective Placement Test:  Tests A, B, and C. There are also three versions of the Placement Essay. Each version of the Objective Placement Test and Placement Essay covers exactly the same areas. The Objective Placement Test is a 70-item multiple-choice test; the Placement Conversation is a plan for eliciting and rating a brief sample of spoken language; and the Placement Essay outlines the process of giving and evaluating a writing sample. The Objective Placement Test measures primarily receptive skills (listening, reading, grammar recognition), whereas the Placement Conversation and the Placement Essay measure students’ productive skills (speaking and writing).  The three parts of the test are designed to complement one another and together provide a comprehensive picture of students’ language ability. All parts of the test are based on the objectives, content, and language of different levels of Interchange  and Passages.  The different components of the test may be administered to individuals or to groups, and in any order. For example, if there are a large number of students to be tested, the students may be divided into three groups – with each group taking a different part of the test. As the groups complete one part of the test, they may be given the next part in rotation until all groups have completed the entire test. Placement depends on an individual student’s performance on all three measures (see Placement Procedure, page 5).It is possible – and in fact highly desirable – for multiple raters to be involved in the Placement Conversation and the Placement Essay, as additional raters can add valuable input to the process. If two or more raters are present during the Placement Conversation, it is expected that one of the raters will be primarily responsible for leading the discussion. When multiple raters are used for evaluating either the conversation or the essay, all raters must confer and agree on the final ratings.In non-intensive English programs or in language programs with limited language objectives, it may be appropriate to use only one or two components of the Interchange/Passages  Placement  Testing Program. For example, a conversational program with a near-exclusive emphasis on developing listening and speaking skills may obtain satisfactory results by using only the Placement Conversation.Before administering the Interchange/Passages  Placement Testing Program, the teacher will need to photocopy the following materials for each student being tested:ãthe Placement Conversation Rating Form on pages 22 and 23ãthe Final Placement Form on page 24ãa Placement Essay Form (A, B, or C) on pages 38–39, 40–41, 42–43ãan Objective Placement Test (A, B, or C) with Answer Sheet on pages 44–61, 62–79, 80–97 Placement Test Administration and Scoring Guide [4] Placement Test Administration and Scoring Guide
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