ERIC Number: ED228838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
How Students Evaluate and Take Reading Comprehension Examinations in a Foreign Language.
Roizen, Merle A.
Research has been done on the relationship between students' language learning strategies and test-taking strategies, but often such investigations have taken place after a time lapse. This project entailed asking students to evaluate and explain how they take reading comprehension examinations in a foreign language while they were actually taking the examination. Forty-five university students, native or proficient speakers of Hebrew in their first year of a two-year English as a second language (ESL) program, were given five subtests designed to test reading comprehension in English. After each subtest there were a series of questions in Hebrew designed to find out how students evaluate examination questions and test types and use test taking strategies. The five tests consisted of: open-ended questions, multiple choice, rhetorical devices, vocabulary, and a cloze test. In addition to the questions for evaluation of each subtest, there were 16 general evaluation questions. Analysis of the data revealed that most students preferred the open-ended questions and succeeded better on them. It also appeared that strategies students used taking the test were determined by the nature of the subtest. A copy of the test is attached. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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