For the month of May we are planning to create a new series of reading comprehension units that meet the following requirements which are TOEIC and IELTS standard.
The texts themselves should be between 200 and 250 words in length.
The texts are fact-based instead of fictual (that’s different to TOEIC)
The level should B1 to C1.
The texts should be fact based and can have story character. Here is a good example that illustrates what I mean.
Each text is followed by 3 to 4 questions.
The correct answer option should not be phrased exactly the same way as in the text.
Now item number 5 is very important. A lot of the questions created in our previous round don’t meet the TOEIC standard because they don’t test the candidate’s vocabulary or inference skills. Look at the questions in the Monkey story and you’ll see what I mean. Question 1 is:
Which animals went ape because tourism is down in the ancient city of Lopburi?
And the four answer options are:
Now, it’s obvious that the correct answer is B) because that’s exactly what the very first sentence of the story reads: Tourism is down in the ancient city of Lopburi, and the local monkeys are going ape. The question could be improved by at least adding ‘Apes’ as one of the answer options to try and test a candidate’s knowledge of the idiom ‘to go ape’. The other 3 questions and answers of this unit have the same structure – all a user needs to do is find the appropriate phrase in the text and match with the exact same answer option.
In short, we need to improve our quality control system. To that end I propose we create small teams or pairs and break down the writing process into several steps. One person can source and write the texts and the other one then creates the questions and answers.
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