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The standardized educational or psychological tests, which are widely used to aid in selecting, assigning or promoting students, employees and military personnel, have been the target of recent attacks in books, magazines, the daily press, and even in Congress. The target is wrong, for, in attacking the tests, critics divert attention from the fault that li
es with ill-informed or incompetent users. The tests themselves are merely tools. Whether the results will be valuable, meaningless, or even misleading depends partly upon the tool itself but largely upon the user.
All informed predictions of future performance are based upon some knowledge of relevant past performance. How well the predictions will be validated by later performance depends upon the amount, reliability and appropriateness of the information used and on the skill and wisdom with which it is interpreted. Anyone who keeps careful score knows that the information available is always incomplete and that the predictions are always subject to error.
Standardized tests should be considered in this context: they provide a quick, objective method of getting some kind of information about what a person has learned, the skills he has developed, or the kind of person he is. The information so obtained has, qualitatively, the same advantages and shortcomings as other kinds of information. Whether to use tests, other kinds of information, or both in a particular situation depends, therefore, upon the empirical evidence concerning comparative validity and upon such factors as cost and availability.
In general, the tests work most effectively when the traits or qualities to be measured can be most precisely defined ( for example, ability to do well in a particular course of training program ) and least effectively when what is to be measured or predicted cannot be well defined, for example, personality or creativity. Properly used, they provide a rapid means of getting comparable information about many people. Sometimes they identify students whose high potential has not been previously recognized.
 1. In this passage, the author is primarily concerned with _________.
  A. the necessity of standardized tests
  B. the validity of standardized tests
  C. the method used in interpreting the results of standardized tests.
  D. the theoretical grounds of standardized tests.
  2. We can infer from the passage that _______.
  A. standardized tests should no longer be used.
  B. results of standardized tests accurately reflect the abilities of the testees
  C. the value of standardized tests lies in their proper interpretation
  D. special methods must be applied to the result of standardized tests.
  3. The word “empirical” (Line 6, Para.3) most probably means “ ___________”
  A. theoretical
  B. critical
  C. indisputable
  D. experiential
  4. According to the passage, standardized tests work work most effectively when ____________.
  A. the user knows how to interpret the results in advance.
  B. the objectives are most clearly defined.
  C. the persons who take the test are intelligent or skillful.
  D. they measure the traits or qualities of the tests
  5. The author’s attitude toward standardized tests could be described as _______.
  A. positive
  B. critical
  C. prejudiced
  D. indifferent.
  ★The standardized educational or psychological tests, (which are widely used to aid [in selecting, assigning or promoting students, employees and military personnel,]) have been the target of recent attacks [in books, magazines, the daily press, and even in Congress.]
  ★How well the predictions will be validated by later performance depends upon the amount, reliability and appropriateness of the information used and on the skill and wisdom (with which it is interpreted.)
  【分析】复合句。how引导的从句作主语从句。主句的谓语有两个并列的部分,and 与on之间省略了第二个谓语动词depends。which引导一个定语从句。
  1 选D。主旨大意题。第一段是给出话题,作为主题内容的第二、三段都是对标准花测试的理论基础的介绍。
  2 选D。推理判断题。第二段提到,要进行准确预测必须有两个条件,一个是获得的信息本身,另一个是对所获得的信息进行分析。所以对于标准化测试所获得的信息,也必须使用特殊的方法进行分析。因此D正确。原文中,作者是反对抨击标准化考试的。因此A“标准化考试不应再使用”可排除。测试结果是否有效,取决与很多因素,B过于绝对。标准化测试的价值在于它的快速和客观性,所以C错误。
  3 选D。语意理解题。前句提到通过标准化测试所获得的信息与其他信息一样有缺点,也有优点。那么到底采用哪种信息,就应该根据以往实际应用效果为依据的意见。 D正是。ABC分别是:理论上的,紧要的,无可争辩的。
  4 选B。事实细节题。文章最后一段提到,当所要测定的特性能被很准确地界定时,测试最为有效。
  5 选A。观点态度题。文章第一段中作者就提出不应该抨击标准化考试;弊病不在测试本身,而在使用者。最后提出如果使用得当,标准化考试能为人民提供游泳的比较信息。综上所述,可知作为对标准化测试是持肯定态度的。ABCD分别为:肯定的,批评的,有偏见的,不关心的。


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