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ERIC Number: EJ1111420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2330-8516
Strategies in Responding to the New TOEFL Reading Tasks. TOEFL Monograph Series. MS-33. ETS RR-06-06
Cohen, Andrew D.; Upton, Thomas A.
ETS Research Report Series, Apr 2006
This study describes the reading and test-taking strategies that test takers used in the Reading section of the LanguEdge courseware (ETS, 2002a). These materials were developed to familiarize prospective respondents with the new TOEFL®. The investigation focused on strategies used to respond to more traditional single selection multiple-choice formats (i.e., Basic Comprehension and Inferencing questions) and the new selected-response (multiple selection, drag and drop) Reading to Learn items. The latter were designed to simulate the academic task of forming a comprehensive and coherent representation of an entire text, rather than focusing on discrete points in the text. Verbal report data were collected from 32 students, representing four language groups (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Other) doing the Reading section tasks from the LanguEdge courseware materials. Students were randomly assigned to two of the six reading subtests, each consisting of a 600-700 word text with 12-13 items. Subjects' verbal report accompanying items representing each of the ten item types was evaluated to determine strategy use. The findings provide insights into the response behaviors prompted by the reading tasks on the new TOEFL.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language
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