Research

The Characteristics of the Michigan English Test Reading Texts and Items and their Relationship to Item Difficulty

April 21, 2015

CaMLA Working Paper 2015-02, “The Characteristics of the Michigan English Test Reading Texts and Items and their Relationship to Item Difficulty,” is now available. CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.
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A Practical Guide to Investigating Score Reliability under a Generalizability Theory Framework

April 2, 2015

The first of the 2015 CaMLA Working Papers is now available. CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff.
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Announcing the recipients of Spaan research grants for 2015

January 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Spaan research grants:

  • Ildiko Porter-Szucs, Cynthia Macknish, and Barry DeCicco: “The CaMLA speaking test: Face-to-face v. computer delivery”
  • Xun Yan and Shelley Staples: “Investigating lexico-grammatical complexity as construct validity evidence for the ECPE writing tasks: A multidimensional analysis”

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How does the computer-based CaMLA EPT compare to the paper-based version?

December 23, 2014

If you’ve been using the CaMLA English Placement Test, one of the questions you’ll probably ask before ordering the computer-based version (which comes out in 2015) is, “Will the computer-based CaMLA EPT be equivalent to the paper-based CaMLA EPT?”

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NCLEX Tech Brief reporting on MELAB standard-setting study now available

November 7, 2014

The National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has published its report on the MELAB standard setting study. The NCLEX Technical Brief describes the methodology and results of the standard setting study. It confirms the standard of a total passing score of 81 and a speaking score of 3 for the MELAB. Read More

CaMLA Working Papers 2014-01 and 2014-02

May 22, 2014

CaMLA Working Papers present the findings from research undertaken as part of the Spaan Research Grant Program and by CaMLA staff. The reports from the two most recent recipients of Spaan Research Grants are now available as CaMLA Working Papers. Read More

Linking the CEFR and the CaMLA EPT

April 23, 2014

english placement testCaMLA recently conducted a small-scale study to link the CaMLA EPT scores to the Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). The study established CEFR level scores for the CaMLA EPT (see table). These correspond very well to the levels currently described in the CaMLA EPT Administration Manual, which are derived from cut scores established at the ELI-UM for EPT forms A–C. Read More