Developing an Online Placement Test for the Japanese Program at UC Berkeley

Currently, Japanese lecturers create and give 60-minute walk-in placement exams for new students one week before each semester starts. The lecturers grade each test manually, so the results may vary depending on how and by whom the tests are graded and various subjective factors. Therefore, the Japanese Program needs a more efficient and objective method for placing more than 100 students into the program. This project involved the creation and norming of a computer-based online placement test. We will report on issues we encountered involving the creation of questions, administrating the norming test, and analysis of the norming test’s results.
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