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Critical Evaluation of two English Language Tests, Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) and University of Cambridge’s First Certificate English (FCE)
AbstractThis paper is a critical evaluation of two English language tests, Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) and University of Cambridge’s First Certificate English (FCE). These examinations are compared and contrasted and their strengths and weaknesses are evaluated in terms of specific objectives, specifications, scoring criteria, practicality, and wash back. The researcher used the qualitative methods such as, content analysis method and focus group interview to collect the data. The findings reveal that Lahore (BISE) assesses the memorization potential of the students rather than their creativity and critical thinking. It is found out that Lahore (BISE) has negative wash back effects on classroom teaching and learning. It is recommended that authentic tests should be constructed that would evaluate students’ proficiency in English language.
- Dr. Humaira Irfan
- Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Education Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan