Bordin Chinda

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Performance-based assessment has gained more attention from ELT practitioners since the actual performances produced by students are evaluated in this type of assessment. However, the assessment of students' performances involves more complicated procedures when compared with more traditional testing methods. This paper, therefore, points out crucial considerations in adopting this type of assessment in a language class. First, the article introduces the concepts of performance-based language assessment and its major characteristics. Then, the two main characteristics: rating scales and rater training are discussed. In the rating scales section, different types of rating scales, as well as approaches in developing rating scales, are explored with the emphasis on the scales used for assessing writing. Finally, the paper presents the roles of rater training in performance-based assessment and how to conduct such training.



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