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Evaluating the Usefulness and Properties of a Subjective Assessment of Brazilian Portuguese

Antônio R. M. Simões and Elena C. Papanastasiou
Hispania
Vol. 85, No. 3, Special Portuguese Issue (Sep., 2002), pp. 618-628
DOI: 10.2307/4141151
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4141151
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

This is an evaluation of a Brazilian self-assessment test. All questions on the test guide the students to evaluate themselves on their linguistic and socio-cultural skills in Brazilian Portuguese. The main points discussed in this article are (1) an item analysis, (2) the reliability of the test to determine the consistency of the results obtained by the instrument, (3) the construct validity, and (4) the creation of cutscores. Our analysis of the BP self-assessment was supported by the use of descriptive statistics, by a factorial analysis and by a reliability test to determine the psychometrics characteristics of the test. The major claim in this study is that this test is useful, valid and reliable, if used appropriately, especially with an audience of motivated students such as students going abroad, instead of students who take language classes only as a requirement in their school program.

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