AbstractThe writing skill is one of the important language skills.
This skill is especially useful for students of higher
classes. In the Pakistani institutes of education, it is a
matter of common observation that the writing skill
gets more attention than the other language skills.
Essay questions form an important and essential part
of the assessment of the writing skill at the college level
in Pakistan. The present study focuses on the Essaytype questions set in the subject of English (a
compulsory subject) in the B.A. examinations for the
students of government colleges. The examination is
conducted by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur
which is a public sector university. The study points out
that the essay questions for the said examination lack
validity and that is why they fail to measure accurately
the intended objectives as well as skills. The study
suggests ways to make the essay questions valid.
1-Muhammad Asif Khan Assistant Professor, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
KeywordsAssessment, Essay Questions, Validity, Writing Skill
Volume & IssueIV - I