General English Proficiency Test

The aim of this research project was to conduct an empirically-evidenced linking study to align the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) writing tests to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

A standard-setting study was undertaken to establish an empirical link between the GEPT suite of writing tests and the writing ability levels set out in the CEFR writing scales. A twin panel design was adopted, with a group of standard-setting judges in Australia and a group in Taiwan, and two standard setting methods were used: the borderline method and the contrasting groups method. In a novel approach, the standard setting process was conducted entirely online and asynchronously, with participants able to access and interact with materials at times convenient to them. Findings showed that the GEPT suite of writing tests aligned well with the intended CEFR levels, and support the utility of a flexible, online approach to standard setting.