Elicitation of L2 Learners' Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies through Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment


  • Karim Shabani Allameh Mohaddes Nouri University, IRAN




Cognitive diagnostic assessment, interactive, washback, L2 reading


Cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA) as an innovative criterion-based approach to assessment has been the center of increasing attention in recent decades due to its inherent merits over its previous psychometric counterpart. Due to the lack of research on the post hoc analyses of classroom assessments to diagnose L2 learners’ strengths and weaknesses in the multidivisible skill of reading comprehension, and also its significance in high-stakes tests, this article offers the implementation of samples of high-stakes tests in the classroom environment due to its beneficial consequences and washback for the learners to increase their educational chances. Therefore, the present article is intended to shed light on the mental processes which the examinees went through in responding to the multiple choice questions of four reading comprehension passages, elicited from the recent Iranian University Entrance Exam 2015. Time-series design was conducted to forty female students aged between 16 and 17 years old who made the control and experimental groups in an EFL context at a high school to help them enhance their reading comprehension skills and strategies by giving proper diagnostic feedback and intervention. The analysis of data collected through triangulation of methods, namely interview, think-aloud, and self-assessment confirmed the usefulness of consistent cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA) for both teacher and students. Moreover, the CDA analysis led to the development of a number of online reading comprehension strategies which are normally belittled in non-interactive assessments. Finally, the article suggests the use of consistent CDA as a dependable and trustworthy procedure to diagnose and enhance L2 learners’ reading comprehension processes.


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How to Cite

Shabani, K. (2018). Elicitation of L2 Learners’ Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies through Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment. Asian Journal of Assessment in Teaching and Learning, 8, 7–22. https://doi.org/10.37134/ajatel.vol8.2.2018