Examining test takers’ cognitive processes


This presentation is part of our ongoing researcher spotlight series. 






Recent developments in eye tracking provide the field of language testing with enormous opportunities to understand test takers’ cognitive processes for the purposes of test validation and learning diagnosis. Dr. Guoxing Yu, from the University of Bristol in the U.K,. is using eye tracking to understand students’ test-taking processes (such as reading comprehension, graph-based writing, and video-based listening). Dr. Yu will present his recent paper illustrating the procedures, promises, and challenges in conducting eye tracking research in language testing. He will also give additional examples to demonstrate how eye tracking research may help us better understand some of the perennial issues in language testing - from the design of assessment tasks and the evaluation of test takers’ cognitive processing and test performance, to rater training and diagnostic assessment.


Guoxing Yu . Reader, Language Education & Assessment, University of Bristol


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