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ERIC Number: EJ1146579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Speaking in Tongues: Can International Graduate Students Read International Graduate Admissions Materials?
Taylor, Zachary W.
International Journal of Higher Education, v6 n3 p99-108 2017
A recent Educational Testing Services report (2016) found that international graduate students with a TOEFL score of 80--the minimum average TOEFL score for graduate admission in the United States--usually possess reading subscores of 20, equating to a 12th-grade reading comprehension level. However, one public flagship university's international graduate student admissions instructions are written at a 17th-grade reading comprehension level, or, a 27-30 band on the reading section of the TOEFL. This study seeks to answer the question, "Do U.S. graduate programs compose admissions materials at unreadable levels compared to these programs' minimum reading comprehension levels for international graduate student admission?" Findings reveal average public flagship international graduate student admissions materials are written above 15th-grade reading comprehension levels, with select flagships composing these materials at 19th grade reading levels. Implications for practitioners and policymakers, as well as areas of future research, are addressed.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Reading Comprehension, College Admission, Scores, Reading Tests, English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Admission Criteria, Readability, Reading Research, Readability Formulas, Computer Assisted Testing, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language; Flesch Kincaid Grade Level Formula