Assessment literacy of secondary EFL teachers: Evidence from a regional EFL test

Cong Zhang, Xun Yan

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This study investigated the assessment skills of secondary EFL teachers through analyzing the quality of test items on a municipal English examination for eighth graders in a city located in northern China. Data included students' answers to test items as well as a post-test questionnaire and teachers' responses to semi-structured interviews. It was found that overall, the test functioned satisfactorily, with most items moderately easy yet discriminating, and high internal consistency and strong correlations among subscale scores. However, item analysis and content review of the test identified some items with incorrect or multiple keys, which may result from a combination of EFL teachers' inadequate language proficiency and their attempts to write attractive distractors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-46
Number of pages22
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 26 2018


  • Assessment literacy
  • Item analysis
  • Secondary EFL teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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