Second language assessment is a dynamic field that has undergone a number of changes and transitions resulting from a range of factors. These include the emergence of different models of language competence, developments in the design, construction and delivery of tests, and approaches to the measurement of language proficiency. Research insights into the quality and use of language assessments, advances in technology-based language assessment, and the influence of a variety of societal and political factors have also played an important role. Recent changes include an increased need for language assessment for migration, employment or academic purposes.
Changes in the assessment landscape require flexibility and preparation for change on the part of test takers, educators and test developers. They are associated with a number of benefits - improved authenticity, closer targeting of relevant skills, faster and more efficient online testing. They may also raise issues, such as a lack of transparency in technological approaches and a need to develop teachers' and students' language assessment literacy.
The comparison of different assessment approaches results in a recognition of the value of specific aspects of assessment. This helps in the development of language assessment that cater to international and local test takers.
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