Is my B2 your B2? What contribution can the CEFR realistically make to test equivalence?
Most of the internationally operating language tests have been aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a proficiency framework that is supposed to facilitate comparisons of exam results, amongst other purposes. This talk will examine what assumptions and steps are entailed in aligning exams to the CEFR, and will investigate what it means to be at a certain proficiency level. The talk will use research projects and studies to illustrate these points. Finally, the talk will try and address the questions why exams that are linked to the CEFR do not necessarily test the same and why - besides CEFR alignment - we need sound empirical research studies that compare different internationally operating exams, so that we can actually compare exam outcomes across different exams.
Claudia Harsch, University of Bremen