Consider the impact of the high-stakes test on the test-takers and other relevant stakeholders, its backwash, validity, reliability, and educational, social and cultural perspectives of the test.

Aims/Objectives: Review relevant second language assessment and testing theories Discuss current issues in second language assessment and testing theories and practices Demonstrate skills in critically analysing high-stakes international proficiency tests Assessment Description: Undertake a critical analysis of an international proficiency test (such as IELTS, OET, TOEFL, PTE Academic, CAE) using relevant second language assessment and testing theories. Critically discuss the advantages/disadvantages you identify in the test. Support your claims from the textbook readings and other scholarly sources (e.g. peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books and edited book chapters), using in-text citations and listing no less than six references.

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