The English IEP vocabulary test Using synonyms to test vocabulary knowledge
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An overview of the English IEP vocabulary test is presented and analysed with respect to the concepts of validity and reliability. Attention is paid to the use of synonyms in vocabulary testing, the influence of loanwords and cognates, and the question item format. All these topics were investigated and the results compared and contrasted with the English IEP vocabulary test. A recommendation is made to improve vocabulary tests to use other dimensions of vocabulary knowledge, such as pragmatic competences, to test a higher level of language proficiency. The study concludes that vocabulary test scores may be more suitable for formative assessment rather than summative assessment.