Measuring Oral Proficiency through Paired-Task Performance

by Ildikó Csépes (Author)
Thesis 240 Pages
Series: Language Testing and Evaluation, Volume 14


This book intends to provide a theoretical overview of examining candidates’ oral abilities in different examination formats. In particular, it explores specific partner effects on discourse outcomes and proficiency ratings in the framework of paired-task performance. Two investigations, both set in the context of a proposed Hungarian school leaving examination in English, were carried out in order to contribute to a better understanding of the assumed impact of the chosen variables. Study One investigates discourse differences between examiner-to-examinee interaction and peer-to-peer interaction. Study Two explores the impact of the peer partner’s proficiency. The results show that partner effects related to this variable cannot be predicted as either harmful or beneficial since no statistically significant difference was found between 30 candidates’ scores in different examination conditions.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 239 pp., 5 fig., 60 tables

Biographical notes

Ildikó Csépes (Author)

The Author: Ildikó Csépes is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language Learning and Teaching at the University of Debrecen (Hungary). She was involved in the Hungarian Examinations Reform Teacher Support Project of the British Council. The author is currently a member of the National Board for Accrediting Foreign Language Examinations, an expert committee working for the Hungarian Educational Authority.


Title: Measuring Oral Proficiency through Paired-Task Performance