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writing a vocabulary test

May 27, 2010

Today, I wrote the first vocabulary test for our projected revision of our advanced reading course.  We are going to use the Academic Word List.  We are going to have 10 quizzes during the semester based on the 10 sublist families.  The quizzes will be timed; we think 5 minutes will be sufficient, but we will pilot them during our summer B session to see if that is enough time.  Students will have a week to study the words and 10 will be on the test.

To write the multiple choice test, I searched through The Corpus of Contemporary American English for sample sentences including the target word and used those sentences as the items.  Some of sentences may be challenging for the students, but we will have to find that out for certain. 

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