BORDIN CHINDA (CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY)

ESTABLISHING VALIDITY OF CMU-EGRAD TEST THROUGH ALIGNMENT WITH CEFR: CASE OF LISTENING AND READING EXAMINATIONS : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

Published in 2001, the CEFR has been playing an influential role in language education not only across Europe, but also worldwide. For example, in Thailand, one of the Office of Higher Education Commission’s English language education policies is that all tertiary students are required to take an English proficiency test, which, has to be equivalent to the CEFR or other standards. To comply with the policy, Chiang Mai University has, developed the CMU-eGrad English Test, targeted at CEFR B1 level, to be administered for students in their final year at the University. In order to establish the criterion referenced validity, this paper will report a case study of establishing the relationship between the CMU-eGrad and the CEFR. The paper will describe the results from the quantitative analysis of the CEFR-aligned listening and reading test, i.e. the CMU-eGrad English Test and the core Cambridge English examination, the external standard.

Bordin Chinda is an assistant professor at the English Department, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. His research interests include language test validation, impact/washback, performance-based assessment, professional development in language assessment, and English for Academic Purposes. Bordin holds a PhD in Language Testing and Assessment from the University of Nottingham.