An international panel of language teaching and testing experts have conducted a series of standard setting workshops for two Euroexam tests between the 13th and the 15th of May.
The highly experienced team of 15 experts with a variety of professional backgrounds was convened at the Budapest Test Development Centre of Euroexam International. The organizers also welcomed Norman Verhelst, psychometrician, formerly senior researcher at Cito, and Glyn Jones, freelance ELT consultant, formerly of Pearson Language Tests, who were the lead experts of the exercise.
The team set standards for the two most popular tests of the exam board: the Euroexam Level B2 and the Euroexam Level C1. Following some online and face-to-face training to re-familiarise themselves with the CEFR, panellists worked with booklets of Reading and Listening test items.
After several rounds of standard setting, the participants reached a shared view of what a minimally competent test taker can achieve in the two skills at both levels. The psychometric output of the event will be used when reporting results in future administrations of these two Euroexam tests.
A similar event to look at the Writing and Speaking paper of these two tests is planned for the upcoming academic year.