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ERIC Number: EJ865573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0379-0037
On the Factor Structure of the Grammar Section of University of Tehran English Proficiency Test (UTEPT)
Salehi, Mohammad; Rezaee, Abbas Ali
Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v35 n2 p169-187 Jul-Dec 2009
The study was conducted with 3,385 participants who took an English language proficiency test as a partial requirement for entering a PhD program in different fields of education. This test has three sections which are grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. To determine the construct validity of the test, a series of analyses were done. Total test items were subjected to a factor analysis assuming three factors. It was seen the three components postulated theoretically were verifiable. In other words, there were three distinct sections in the test. These were grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Furthermore, the data from the grammar section were subjected to an exploratory factor analysis (EFA). Having conducted EFA through Principal Components Analysis (PCA) with varimax rotation yielded distinct factors in the grammar section. In one sub-section, eight distinct factors and in the other sub-section six distinct factors were extracted. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran