Achieving the Validity of Essay Questions in the Subject of English at B. A. Level Examinations

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The 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.


Assessment, Essay Questions, Validity, Writing Skill

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IV - I

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Published: Jun 2019

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