(03-02-2014) Only 4 days after the launch of the online English word test, more than 100,000 participants have aleady tested their vocabulary knowledge. The research team lead by language psychologist Professor Marc Brysbaert (Center for Reading Research) has succesfully launched this new public inquiry, following their previous Dutch word test and the author test.
The original test and the associated software were developed at Ghent University Ghent. During a recent American conference, there appeared to be much interest in an English version of the successful Dutch language test. Last year, 600,000 Flemish and Dutch speaking persons participated in this test.
The database of the English language test contains 60,000 words and 300,000 non-words. Via a 4 minute online test, the participants are shown 100 words that may or may not exist.
The aim is to re-examine what words are best known. We can also include testing some knowledge of English as second language, because there are more people for who English is a second language.
The online word test, published on vocabulary.UGent.be, was launched at the end of January on online forums and social media.