More standardized writing tests are graded by computers.





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By Simba (Simba) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 01:05 am: Edit

wow...this was a surprise.

...More than 2 million essays have been scored by e-rater since it was adopted for the GMAT in 1999, and the technology is being considered for use in the Graduate Record Examination, for graduate school admissions, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which assesses the English proficiency of immigrants entering U.S. schools....

by Jay Mathews in Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30854-2004Jul31.html

By Massguy (Massguy) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 02:31 pm: Edit

hardly a surprise. the technology is working. the computer programmers have figured out what types of word choice and grammatic structures and such correlate to the scoring key the human graders use.

hardly a surprise. what would be a surprise is when some test decides to forgo having a human read the essay as a second or third judge.


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