Aktuelle Tendenzen / Current Trends
Edited By Rüdiger Grotjahn
C-Tests consist of several short texts in which the missing parts of words have to be reconstructed. C-Tests have excellent psychometric properties and are used in many contexts as economical tests of language proficiency. This collection of papers illustrates the state of the art of C-Test research. It focuses on face validity and washback of C-Tests, C-Test performance and intelligence, C-Tests as screening devices for TestDaF and SIMTEST, ROC analyses for relating C-Test scores to the CEFR as well as use of C-tests in the classroom. A special feature of the volume is the editor’s comprehensive C-Test bibliography.
A German C-test for migrant children
Gabriele Kniffka & Markus Linnemann*
The following article describes the process of developing a C-test for student learners of German as a second language. The purpose of this particular C-test is to assign participants of a summer school – on the basis of their test scores – to an appropriate learning group.Several trialling phases were run through until the desired level of differentiation was reached.In a further line of research the attempt was made to relate the C-test scores to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference.