Is test taker perception of assessment related to construct validity?

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This study examined test takers’ perception of assessment demand and its impact on the measurement of intended constructs. Over 800 test takers took a pre- and a post-test of College English Test Band 4 and filled in a perception questionnaire to report the skills they perceive as necessary for answering the test. The study found test takers perceived language skills and test-taking skills as equally necessary. Perception of reading skills negatively affected performance on the reading test, while perceptions of test-taking skills positively affected performance on the reading test. Test takers’ perception of assessment seemed to affect the measurement of the intended construct, though the effects are small and limited. The study also found instrumentally oriented test takers and test takers with higher starting English ability perceived the test as more demanding, such perception, in turn, contributed to better test performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011



Xie, Q. (2011, July). Is test taker perception of assessment related to construct validity?. Paper presented at the 76th Annual and the 17th International Meeting of the Psychometric Society, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.