Introducing and Testing a Measurement Tool for English Language Proficiency: Aisha’s Tool

  •  Aisha M. Alhussain    


The IELTS English proficiency tests are discussed as being highly effective in determining students’ level of proficiency in the language. However, the study points out that the processes involved in the administration of the tests along with the associated cost make affect the effectiveness of its use in the assessment of learners. A Sentence Pattern test is offered as an alternative with 97 participants taking part in the assessment to test its effectiveness. Each of the non-native study participants is subjected to both the SP test and the IELTS test for the establishment of the correlation in the results posted for the two tests. The findings demonstrate that the students’ performance in the IELTS test correlated with their corresponding SP test results. High performing students in the IELTS test also posted high scores in their SP test. As demonstrated in the study, the correlation in the results illustrates the effectiveness of the SP test as an alternative for the IELTS tests in proving English language proficiency.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1923-869X
  • ISSN(Online): 1923-8703
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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