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TDS (Turkish Language Exam)

TDS® (TURKISH LANGUAGE EXAM)

Turkish Language Exam (in Turkish: Türkçe Dil Sınavı, acronymized as TDS®), is an internet-based Turkish language exam that determines levels of individuals in Turkish as a foreign language, enables them to enter the foreign language exam, and finally certifies their Turkish language level degree.

In the recent years, a large number of studies have been conducted in the field of teaching and training of Turkish with the increasing demand of Turkish as a foreign language. However, the teaching of Turkish has not been fully integrated into a systematic whole until now. That is because every education institute that teaches Turkish has its different scoring systems, which act only with its own measurement and evaluation system. Nevertheless, with TDS®, we aim to provide interdepartmental unity between the institutes that teach Turkish as foreign language, bring measurement and evaluation stages into systematic status, and also to deliver quality to the concept of teaching Turkish.

HOW DID WE CREATE TDS®?

Exam questions in TDS® system are prepared by experts in the field of Turkish language in HIRMIZY GROUP who has been working since eleven years in the field of teaching Turkish as a foreign language within its own structure and jointly with institutions and universities.

To keep the quality standard of the questions always at the highest, a comprehensive Research and Development (R&D) study was conducted to achieve that goal. As a result of the mentioned process, question preparation guidelines were prepared for both of the examiner and the evaluator. In the guidelines, it was attempted to establish a definite standard by combining acquisitions in accordance with ‘Common European Framework of Reference’ standards and grammar acquisitions achieved by Turkish education institutes. Thanks to these guidelines, each examiner and evaluator in our team became able to prepare different questions in the same high quality. The exams prepared by the expert team are submitted to the arbitration of academicians specialized in field of Turkish education, measurement and evaluation. Questions that are found appropriate by the arbitrator evaluation will also have to pass the approval of the editor in order to be considered and included in the examination system.

TDS® ADVANTAGES

  • It is an internet-based exam. It is done in computerized environment.
  • Due to the wide pool of questions, each exam has different questions. The question pool is renewed every 14 days. The diversity of questions is very high. Each student taking taken the exam at the same time will face different questions.
  • Exam questions are prepared by a team, passes the control of expert referees, and approved questions are finally included in the exam system after the getting the approval of the editor.
  • In the exams, both automatic and human-based scoring is used. The reading and listening sections are automatically scored by the system. Human raters perform the writing and speaking sections scoring. Each student’s answer is evaluated by 3 different scorers in the exam center. Scores cannot see which answer belongs to which student. The system automatically calculates the average score of 3 separate scorers. Validity and reliability risk are low.
  • In TDS®, everything is systematic. Number of questions, questions scores, and evaluation criteria are all standardized.
  • Four language skills are easily measured together.
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TDS® TYPES

There are thre  types of exams in TDS exam system:

  • Certification Exam
  • Placement Test
  • Level Completion Exams
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CERTIFICATION EXAM

Four different certification exams are conducted for each of B1, B2, C1, and C2 levels. The student may apply to obtain the certificate of the level he/she desires.

Distribution of Questions and Scoring:

Skill

Number of questions

Time Period

Score

Reading

40 questions

60 minutes

25 points

Listening

20 questions

30 minutes

25 points

Writing

2 tasks

50 minutes

25 points

Speaking

2 tasks

20 minutes

25 points

*Grammar learning outcome is measured within skill exams.

Total of 64 questions within 160 minutes (excluding break-time and listening texts).

PLACEMENT TEST

This exam, which allows beginner students to measure their level of learning Turkish, proceeds with a stepped measurement system that includes exam questions from A1 to C2 levels. Examination takes place in two parts. In the exam, for example, the level of a student who cannot reach the base question number determined at ‘level B1’, will be automatically defined by the system as ‘level A2’ student without seeing the questions of ‘level B2’. In the second part, the student will take speaking and writing exams of ‘level A2’. Students who score 60 as a base score from these exams are considered successful at ‘level A2’ and defined as ‘level A2’ students. In the second part, the student who fails to get 60 as the base score is considered as unsuccessful in the level exam and will considered as ‘level A1’ student.

Distribution of Questions and Scoring:

Skill

Number of questions

Time Period

Reading

10 questions from each level

90 minutes in total

Listening

10 questions from each level

90 minutes in total

Writing

2 tasks from each level

50 minutes in total

Speaking

2 tasks from each level

20 minutes in total

 

LEVEL COMPLETION EXAMS

It is defined as the exam performed for students who reach the end of each level during the course of learning Turkish. Each level exam is prepared separately from A1 to C2 levels.

Distribution of Questions and Scoring:

Skill

Number of questions

Time Period

Reading

10 questions

15 minutes in total

Listening

10 questions

15 minutes in total

Writing

2 tasks

50 minutes in total

Speaking

2 tasks

20 minutes in total

 

TDS® SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING SECURITY

Our online TDS® system that is developed with a professional academic infrastructure prioritizes the application security of the exam:

  • Due to the large question pool of the system, each exam has different questions, so each student encounters different questions than the other. In addition, the system's question pool is constantly updated.
  • A unique single-use exam code is provided for the exam candidate.
  • The identity of the exam candidate is checked before the exam, and 360 ​​degree view of exam environment is also checked. Private exam session is ensured for the exam candidate. The use of all personal belongings, materials and unacceptable equipment and items is prohibited. The candidate does not need to take regular notes on paper and use a pencil.
  • The view and voice of exam candidate is monitored by proctor during the exam session. The exam candidate's entire exam session is recorded. The candidate is photographed before and during the exam and his/her photograph is shared with the relevant institutions when requested.
  • Since the beginning of exam, only exam interface is displayed and the browser is prevented from opening other web pages.
  • Exam evaluation is done by different instructors and the information of the exam candidates is kept confidential.
  • The average of the exam scoring is calculated automatically by the system and its validity is kept high.
  • All question numbers, question points, and evaluation criteria of the system are kept standardized.
  • The authenticity of both the evaluation report and the certificate of the test result can be verified using the security number on the document on TDS® website.
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How to apply to TDS®?

Students can make pre-application for the exam by entering ‘user registration’ in ‘Exam Participants’ section on TDS® website. The application will be approved by visiting one of the authorized examination centers. The exam is taken by the student at the specified day and time. Exam results are announced within 14 days. Detailed evaluation report and certificate can be seen by the student immediately by logging into user account, or by approaching the examination center, or by requesting to be sent by courier.

For more information, please visit our websites ‘www.onlinetds.org’ and ‘www.turkcedilsinavi.com’.

TDS® is the easiest form of Turkish Certification Exam for foreigners.

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