Written tests should be practical: simple to grade and score, and practical because they concern communication.
We teach a language, or to communicate in that language.
Speaking and listening could be assessed apart and daily, with the aid of a class list, with symbols or small titles, for the grades (or marks). Plus my knowledge of students’ improving and striving.
In my written tests I included: an exercise about vocabulary, to translate from Spanish into English.
Next is an exercise to write a sentence with a word from exercise 1.
Then I include rather practical exercises, like a writing one, to write about a topic or situation, and the students had got to write 100 or 150 words, or the like.
Assessing written communication, as you can see, is included in the test exercises. I tried to assess their communicative competence chiefly.
Now, how we corrected the test in a later class. Students used to say the words in English from exercise 1. I or one student gave a sentence with a word from exercise 1. For open questions or exercises I or they used to give examples of sentences or texts.
It should also be a chance to learn more – also practical because of that. As well those tests were practical and simple to make up and compose by me. / Photo from: www dailymail co uk