Test Design and Development

Grants to (re)design Competency, Practical, or Advanced assessments in individual languages, along with other end-of-year proficiency assessments:

  • Tests must measure real-world, functional language proficiency in all four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) at the given level.
  • An iterative process of proposal, test design and revision, then test development and revision must be followed. Each step is laid out in the Timeline.
  • Test design and development takes place optimally over breaks or gradually over one or two quarters.
  • Applications for test development are due approximately three weeks after a workshop.  Participants will receive up to $1,000 upon completion of a fully developed, approved test.

To apply:

Pre-requisites: Completion of a Language Assessment Workshop and OPI training.

  • Applicants submit an application form and statement of purpose on Canvas, along with a proposal for the test they plan to design and develop. They also must have identified outcomes across the four skills when they apply. Deadline: December 6, 2023.
  • New test developers must attend the Test Design and Development Workshop (December 11-14, 2023); returning developers have the option to attend the Test D&D Refresher Workshop (December 8, 2023).
  • Along with submitting an application and proposal on Canvas, participants must have their language coordinator (where applicable) and department chair email their approval to Phuong Nguyen.