Aktuelle Tendenzen / Current Trends
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.
Der C-Test im Spanischen: Konstruktions- und Auswertungsspezifika
Cordula S. Schiller & Rüdiger Grotjahn*
The classic C-Test principle was first developed for English texts. A C-Test constructed on the basis of the classic principle consists of several short (authentic) texts in which the second half of every second word is deleted. When the classic principle is applied to languages other than English problems may arise due to language-specific features.In this article a number of problems encountered in the construction and scoring of Spanish C-Tests are discussed and suggestions are presented how to modify the classic C-test principle. The article concludes with a plea for a more flexible approach to the construction and scoring of C-Tests.