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Introduction to Standard Setting         

This workshop provides an overview of standard setting and how it fits into the process of aligning tests to an external framework, such as the CEFR. It introduces key terminology and concepts related to standard setting and an overview of commonly used methods. It includes practical advice on setting up, running and validating standard setting in your institution.

What knowledge and/or skills will I gain from this workshop?

The ALTE Standard Setting workshop covers the following:

  • How standard setting relates to aligning your test to a language proficiency framework
  • What terminology and concepts are essential to know
  • Which standard setting methods best fit your context
  • How to prepare for standard setting and run it effectively
  • Collecting internal and external evidence to validate your standard setting 

      Who is this workshop suitable for?

      No previous knowledge of standard setting is required, although it does assume a basic knowledge of whatever language proficiency framework your test is aligned to. For most ALTE members, this is usually the CEFR, and this is the framework which will be used to exemplify points during the workshop. The workshop is suitable for people who are new to standard setting, those who need a refresher, or those who are preparing for an audit.

      Can I run standard setting for my institution after attending this workshop?

      This workshop is introductory, so it depends on the level of expertise and resources available in your institution. The ALTE Services Unit offer a bespoke in-house standard setting consultancy service for institutions to enable them to set up and run standard setting. This could be through in-service training or a scaffolded mentoring and support service. Please contact the ALTE Services Unit for details.

      How is this workshop delivered?

      This practical workshop is delivered face-to-face. It consists of two 90-minute sessions, and a 30-minute break.

      Does this workshop require any specific software?

      This workshop does not require any specific software, but it is a paper-free ‘green’ workshop, and all material will be delivered/shared online. You will need your own laptop.

      Who is the tutor?

      The workshop will be presented by Jane Lloyd (Cambridge University Press and Assessment). Jane is Senior Research Manager at Cambridge English. Her main responsibilities are leading on standard setting for Cambridge exams, working on large-scale educational reform projects with ministries and NGOs, and working for ALTE. Her work for ALTE is to support other national language test providers. This includes: statistical analysis of items, analysis of rater performance, research into exam and language use at regional and national level, courses and training in assessment, preparation for audits, and training for item writers, test designers and raters. She has a degree in Linguistics, a DELTA, an MA in Linguistics and TESOL, and an MA in Language Testing. She is currently studying for a PhD in Language Testing at CRELLA. 

      When is the next workshop?

      The date for the next Introduction to Standard Setting workshop will be confirmed soon.

      How can I register?

      Registration for this workshop is not yet open. 

      Expression of Interest

      If you would like to express your interest in this course, or any other ALTE course, please click here.

      Can several people from the same organisation join this workshop?

      For group bookings, ALTE advises to book a maximum of three places per organisation.

      How can I pay?

      Full payment is required on registration. We strongly recommend that payment is made online using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express. However, if it is not possible to pay with a credit/debit card when registering, please contact the ALTE Services Unit (servicesunit@alte.org) to request an invoice with bank transfer payment instructions.


       ALTE - the Association of Language Testers in Europe is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in England, charity number 1184799.

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