Specifications Development

For entirely new tests, an important step in the test development process is the creation of test specifications, item specifications, and related documents such as frameworks and blueprint documents. Specifications documents provide a comprehensive map of a test, including information about the constructs being tested, the types of items that will appear, the specifics about each item type, and the number of items in any test parts, sections, or subtests. Specifications are generally constructed with reference to a set of language standards, such as the ACTFL standards, the ILR Skill Level Descriptions, the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR), or state standards.

SLTI’s project managers are well versed in the development and use of test specifications, and can support clients with the creation of test specifications, or with other projects such as the alignment of a set of specifications to a set of standards.