Barry O'Sullivan has a PhD in language testing from the University of Reading, U.K, and is particularly interested in issues related to performance testing, test validation and test-data management and analysis. He has lectured for many years on various aspects of language testing, and is currently acting director of the Centre for Language Assessment Research (CLARe) at Roehampton University, London. He has previous experience teaching in Ireland, England, Peru and at Okayama University, Japan.
Barry's publications have appeared in a number of international journals and he has presented at international conferences around the world. His book Issues in Business English Testing came out in January 2006 and his next book will appear in Autumn 2006. Barry currently works with several government ministries, universities and test developers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America.
This interview was conducted in person in the U.K. in March 2005. It was made possible by a research grant from Aichi Gakuin University.
[ p. 20 ]Q: Why do you feel the TOEIC® has become such a widespread business English test?