Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

The present study is dedicated to investigating the construct validity of two largescale English language tests, Test for English Majors - Band 8 (TEM 8) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In a priori validity research, a qualitative analysis of relevant test specifications and the blueprint of TEM 8 and TOEFL shows that TOEFL has a stronger construct validity evidence than TEM 8. There is overlap in construct definition between TEM 8 and TOEFL. In a posteriori validity research, the quantitative analysis of test scores obtained from 48 college junior English majors shows that both TEM 8 and TOEFL share a high item consistency and TEM 8 shares a lower concurrent validity compared with TOEFL.

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