‘Computer-Based Language Testing for GES 100 (Communication Skills in English) in UNIPORT: Is it Appropriate and Effective?’ – Umera-Okeke, Nneka

Abstract

Most tertiary institutions in Nigeria have adopted computer-based testing for their General Studies (GES) courses. Reasons given range from ease of administration, problems of large class, ease of marking as computer does everything, and so on. This can be said to be a step in the right direction as it agrees with the government’s intention to ensure computer literacy among school leavers and university graduates. Computer-assisted language test, however, is still questioned by many especially of its validity. The question is, is it achievable? Is it appropriate? Can it be effectively used in language testing? This paper is a descriptive evaluative one looking into the meaning of computer-based test, the tenets/components of computer language testing especially as used in testing GES 100 the University of Port Harcourt. The paper also evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of computer-based testing vis-a-vis the traditional paper-and-pencil testing. The challenges to its full adoption as a testing technique in the university were also highlighted and suggestions made.

Index Terms: Computer-based testing (CBT), computer-assisted language testing (CALT), paper-based testing (PBT), computer-adaptive language test (CALT)

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