SIMTEST is a computerized adaptive test (CAT) of foreign language ability designed and developed at the [http://www.uab.cat UAB] ("Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona") in Catalonia, Spain. It classifies examinees according to 6 levels of proficiency as defined in the Council of Europe document: “A Common European Framework of Reference (
CEFR) for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment” (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
SIMTEST has been developed for both placement and certification purposes and is available in local and [http://simtestprv.uab.es/simtest on-line] versions. It consists of 4 component tests that may be used - according to the testing context or institutional requirements - to test knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and language functions in addition to reading and listening comprehension. The only non-CAT component consists of a series of 4 [http://www.c-test.de/ C-Tests] (a cloze procedure developed in the 1980s at [http://www.uni-duisburg-essen.de/index.shtml.en Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg] in Germany - based on theories of language redundancy relating to Gestalt theory). An initial estimation of the level of language proficiency detected by the C-Tests may be used as an entry point to the CAT components. Multiple choice items are presented on a CAT administration based on an algorithm described by Henning (1987).
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