Testing in Hong Kong

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There are many different kinds of test, as Hugh (1989) stated that test could be regarded as proficiency tests, achievement tests, diagnostic tests and placement tests. In this article, we would like to have some simple analysis on the quality of the reading test in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination of 2013. This is a newly implemented public examination in 2002 which serve with different purpose and format as the former public examination: Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE).
“Achievement tests are directly related to language course, their purpose being to establish how successful individual students, groups of students, or the course themselves have been in achieving objectives.” (Hugh, 1989) according to this definition, HKDSE should be an achievement test. Since it is a stepping stone to get into university in Hong Kong, the DSE examination paper should have relatively high quality. By using a high standard testing paper, the quality of the universities’ candidates can be guarantee.
Bachman (1996) has said that test qualities include reliability, construct validity, authenticity, interactiveness, impact and practicality. In this paper we will focus on the construct validity, authenticity and interactiveness to see how well is the KHDSE.

Section 1 – Reading paper Part A
Reading paper Part A is a compulsory section, candidates need to attempt
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