刊物属性
  • 刊物名称:校园英语
  • 国内刊号:CN 13-1298/G4
  • 国际刊号:ISSN 1009-6426
  • 邮发代号: 18-116
  • 数据库收录:中国知网
  • 投稿邮箱:
      tougao@xiaoyuanyingyu.com
  • 时间:2020-08-10 来源:校园英语杂志社

      【Abstract】The College English Test-Spoken English Test (CET-SET) is a nationwide spoken English test including two different bands – CET-SET 4 and CET-SET 6. It has been designed to test the oral communicative ability of university or college students in China. This article intends to evaluate CET-SET 6 in details as there are limited studies on it. With the general description of CET-SET, this article will evaluate the test in terms of its reliability and validity and give suggestions to modify CET-SET 6.
      【Key words】CET-SET 6; reliability; validity; suggestions
      【作者簡介】Han Yiqiong, Guangzhou University Sontan College.
      1. Introduction
      The College English Test-Spoken English Test (CET-SET) is affiliated to the College English Test (CET) - a criterion-related norm-referenced test in China. As one of the large-scale and high-stake standardized language test in China, CET has been more frequently researched over the past ten years (Cheng, 2008). Researchers have studied CET from different aspects: Ren (2011) used questionnaire and interview to find out the effects of CET on English education in universities of Tianjin City; He and Dai (2006) studied CET-SET group discussion based on a corpus of test performance and found the candidates’ interaction is at a low degree in the group discussion; Li (2009) studied CET writing and found the teachers did not teach to the test. However, few researchers evaluate the reliability and validity of CET-SET 6 in detail, which this paper intends to do.
      2. The Description of CET-SET 6
      Authorized by Ministry of Education, the National College English Testing Committee (NCETC) has administered CET since 1987. CET aims to assess the fulfillment of College English Teaching Syllabus in college, measure the English communication ability of non-English majors at the tertiary level and provide feedback to teachers and students (Wang, Yan, and Liu,, 2014). It has been said to be a high-stake test because CET-4 certificate is a prerequisite for graduation or bachelor’s degree in many universities in China (He and Dai, 2006; Ren, 2011; Wang, Yan, and Liu, 2014:). CET is comprised two levels of tests: CET-4 is to check the basic requirements in College English Curriculum Requirement (CECR); CET-6 is to check the intermediate requirements (Du, 2012). Before 2016, the total score was shown on CET report with three sub-scores from writing and translation, listening, and reading. Speaking was absent from the test report because speaking ability was ignored. In 1999, NCETC started CET-SET which tests English communication ability of students from higher education in China. From 2016, candidates can take CET-SET 6 without any limitation. Since the interview test was replaced by the Internet-based one, this article will only focus on the Internet-based CET-SET 6.