Evaluating the English test of national examination for SMA

Silalahi, Rentauli Mariah (2011) Evaluating the English test of national examination for SMA. Polyglot, 5 (1). pp. 33-47. ISSN 1907-6134

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Abstract

English is one of the subjects tested in the National Examination or Ujian Nasional (UN) in Senior High Schools (SMA) in Indonesia. The English test is used as an achievement test that should reflect the school curriculum. However, there is an inconsistency between the English test and school curriculum because the English test only assesses listening and reading skills while the curriculum is communicative competence based. To be agreeable with the principles of communicative competence, the English test should be comprised of the four major skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This study will discuss the issue of this inconsistency using five testing principles of what makes a good test: validity, reliability, authenticity, practicality, and washback. The findings will be useful for pointing out some factors that need to be considered in designing an English test that is consistent to the test's objectives. In general, this paper will also be useful for English teachers preparing an English test because it is expected to motivate teachers to always carefully design their English tests.

Item Type: Article
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Silalahi, Rentauli MariahUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: validity; reliability; authenticity; practicality; washback
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: University Subject > Current > Directorate/Department > Directorate of Center for Research and Community Development > Journal > Polyglot
Current > Directorate/Department > Directorate of Center for Research and Community Development > Journal > Polyglot
Depositing User: Esterina M. Jonatan
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 01:29
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 01:29
URI: http://repository.uph.edu/id/eprint/2411

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