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Evaluation of Assessment Mechanisms of English Language Abilities for Graduating Students at HKU


This report sought to investigate and evaluate existing assessments of English language for graduating students from the University of Hong Kong. The report was written within the context of funding no longer being available for students to take the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the need to consider alternative possibilities with respect to an Exit test of English Language ability. The report investigated four existing language tests. The report concluded that there was no test available that could adequately serve the purpose of an exit measure, and that the only options were an amalgamation of marks for existing language-intensive courses at HKU, or a purpose-built assessment of English Language designed and run at HKU. Both these options had limitations, namely the prohibitive cost for a new test and a potential lack of validity in an amalgamation of marks. The report was discussed within faculties and it was decided that IELTS would continue to be an unfunded option for students to demonstrate language proficiency and that alternative means of certifying student abilities in English Language such as through a Portfolio would be sought.

Principal Investigator

Mr. P.D. Smyth, Centre for Applied English Studies, Faculty of Arts Contact

Project level

University-level project

Project Completion

August 2015


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