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Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language: An Argument-Based Approach for Validating the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language: An Argument-Based Approach for Validating the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) (Hardback)

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How did the (old) Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers of Chinese? What inferences can be derived from HSK test taker scores, especially from Western test takers? How difficult is it to learn Chinese according to the HSK? Thirty years of research have been synthesized into an argument-based approach for validating the most widespread test for Chinese as a foreign language. In addition, the author has analyzed the scores of a sample of over 250 German test takers in order to investigate how many hours German natives needed on average to study for reaching a specific HSK level. This work also extensively discusses validation theory for psychological testing, and it demonstrates how to put an argument-based approach to validation into practice.

Florian Meyer studied Sinology, Communication Science and Korean at Free University Berlin, and Chinese at Peking University. He worked as a lecturer for Modern Chinese at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), where he studied Language Teaching Research and completed his PhD.

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