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Researching English Language Assessment in China: Focusing on High-Stakes Testing

Published on May 9, 2017in Language Assessment Quarterly
· DOI :10.1080/15434303.2017.1295969
David D. Qian11
Estimated H-index: 11
(PolyU: Hong Kong Polytechnic University),
Alister Cumming2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Beijing Foreign Studies University)
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