Towards Identifying the C-Test Construct

by Günther Sigott (Author)
Postdoctoral Thesis 226 Pages


What do C-Tests really measure? This book describes the history and the theoretical background of C-Tests and gives a survey of research into C-Test validity, which leads to the central question: How much context do test takers need to process when they take a C-Test? The author answers this question on the basis of extensive material and data from over 800 subjects. It turns out that the C-Test construct is fluid: Test takers have to take extended context into account, but not everybody to the same extent. The book discusses the implications of the fluid construct phenomenon for language testing practice and research.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 224 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Günther Sigott (Author)

The Author: Günther Sigott started his career by working as a teacher and translator for general and specific purpose French and English. Soon afterwards, he started teaching French and English linguistics at the universities of Graz and Klagenfurt. In his teaching he has covered a broad range of subjects ranging from practical language training to semantics, lexicology, text linguistics and discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, research methodology and language testing. He is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the English Department of Klagenfurt University. His research interests are in all areas of Applied Linguistics and particularly in Language Testing and Evaluation.


Title: Towards Identifying the C-Test Construct