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date: 26 March 2017

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Use of and importance of technology in standardized language assessments is the focus of this article. Within the past generation, computer technological advances have transformed the work environment and educational practices. The emergence of computers represents a major turning point in civilization, not unlike that experienced with the invention of the printing press in the late fifteenth century. It is to be expected, therefore, that computers have had and will have a large and even a defining impact on second language assessment as well. Indeed, computer-based tests are not at all uncommon in the second language field today. The computerized delivery of tests has become an appealing and a viable medium for the administration of standardized second language tests in academic and nonacademic institutions. Given the growing use of CBT, an important issue to reflect on is the nature of the change that CBTs have brought to second language assessment.

Keywords: language assessments, technological advances, second language, second language, nonacademic institution

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