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Title: Diagnostic testing of Hong Kong tertiary students’ English Language proficiency : the development and validation of DELTA
Authors: Urmston, A 
Raquel, MR
Tsang, C
Keywords: Assessment
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of Hong Kong, English Centre
Source: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics, 2013, v. 14, no. 2, p. 60-82 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics 
Abstract: The Diagnostic English Language Tracking Assessment (DELTA) is a webbased English diagnostic testing and tracking system in use at three universities in Hong Kong. Using Rasch measurement techniques, test items are calibrated on a measurement scale and thereby determine learners’ English proficiency empirically. Rasch measurement techniques also allow for the generation of itemized diagnostic reports that students receive after taking the DELTA, which enables them to better manage their language learning by setting themselves clear goals and targets. The system also allows students to track their English language development as each time they take the Assessment they receive a combination of texts and items that are targeted to their proficiency level. This paper reports on the development of the DELTA as an instrument that assesses Hong Kong tertiary students’ English proficiency and on the results of the initial administration of the DELTA in 2011–12.
ISSN: 1028-4435
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