We were talking at work about the items we write for beginning-level students. How hard do they have to be? How easy is too easy, even for a beginner? As an example for discussion, one colleague shared a reading multiple choice item in Korean that had one numeral in it, and the response options were all numbers; the idea was that a non-Korean speaker can match the number to the number, and find the right answer without having any language proficiency at all. My feeling is, that’s too easy even for beginners. I would expect to see something more like this:
У пијацу, хлеб кошта 10 динара, јаје коштају 15 динара и млеко кошта 25 динара.
Колико кошта хлеб?
(1) 10 динара
(2) 15 динара
(3) 25 динара
So, if you don’t know Cyrillic: Can you find the answer? If so, do you think that shows some kind of emerging language proficiency, or is it more about language-nonspecific test-taking ability?