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Predictive Validity of the Test of English as a Foreign Language for Chinese Graduate Students at an American University

Predictive Validity of the Test of English as a Foreign Language for Chinese Graduate Students at an American University

Abstract

Predictive Validity of the Test of English as a Foreign Language for Chinese Graduate Students at an American University SAGE Publications, Inc.1970DOI: 10.1177/001316447003000235 Kwo-Yann Hwang University of Oregon Henry F. Dizney University of Oregon EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT 1970, 30, 475-477. THE purpose of this study was to investigate the predictive validity of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as predictor of first term grade-point average (GPA) and of grade in English as a Second Language (ESL) for Chinese graduate students at the University of Oregon. Procedures. The subjects used for this study were selected from 120 Chinese graduate students enrolled in the University of Oregon from Fall 1966 to Fall 1968. The criterion used for selecting subjects was that prior to admission to the University of Oregon each student had taken TOEFL. After examining each student's record kept in the Registrar's Office, 63 students were found to satisfy the criterion. The measure. TOEFL is an Educational Testing Service test designed to test the English proficiency of foreign students applying for admission to U. S. institutions. It is a three and one-half hour test divided into five parts. Although scores are available for each subtest,
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