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Kuo-Zheng Feng – Language Testing in Asia, 2024
This study addressed a gap in existing research on Multiple-Choice (MC) cloze tests by focusing on the learners' perspective, specifically examining the difficulties faced by vocational high school students (VHSs). A nationwide sample of 293 VHSs participated, providing both quantitative and qualitative data through a self-developed questionnaire.…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Cloze Procedure, Student Attitudes
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Liao, Yen-Fen – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
The English General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT), a nationwide high-stakes college entrance exam in Taiwan, has commonly served as a placement test for streaming college freshmen into EFL classes. There has, however, been scant research reported on the feasibility of using an admission test for EFL placement. This study aims to investigate the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, High Stakes Tests, Placement Tests
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Hung, Shao-Ting Alan; Huang, Heng-Tsung Danny – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Washback refers to the influence of tests on learning and teaching. To date, a number of studies have revealed that tests affect teaching content, course design, and classroom practices. However, in Asian higher education contexts, little research has examined the washback of proficiency tests on English learning in comparison with the efforts on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests
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Kunnan, Antony John; Carr, Nathan – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Background: This study examined the comparability of reading and writing tasks of two English language proficiency tests--the General English Proficiency Test-A (GEPT-A) developed by Language Training Center, Taipei and the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT) developed by Educational Testing Service, Princeton. Methods: Data…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Foreign Countries
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Wu, Jessica; Lee, Matt Chia-Lung – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Background: Having been influenced by the trend of internationalization of higher education, most universities in Taiwan have implemented an English benchmark requirement for graduation, which requires students to demonstrate their English ability at a specified Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level through taking a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Graduation Requirements, English (Second Language)
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Pan, Yi-Ching; Roever, Carsten – Language Testing in Asia, 2016
Background: This study investigates the social impact of a policy requiring university graduates to pass an English proficiency test by examining the consequences of test use in the workplace in Taiwan. Methods: Interviews were conducted with 19 business people in charge of recruiting potential employees in 17 industries across Taiwan. All these…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Graduates, Language Tests, Work Environment
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Sims, James M.; Kunnan, Antony John – Language Testing in Asia, 2016
Background: This study investigated the factor structure and factorial invariance of an English Placement Exam (EPE) from 1998 to 2011 to provide evidence for both the appropriateness of the test scores interpretations and for a validity argument. Methods: Test performance data collected from 38,632 freshmen non-English majors from a university in…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Student Placement, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Gilks, Peter J. – Language Testing in Asia, 2014
The aim of this study was to determine whether large variations in the pass rates of different versions of the Taiwanese tour guides' English test were due to inherent differences in the difficulty of the tests. Rasch analysis software was used to measure the difficulty of all items on the 2009 and 2013 versions. It was found that the ability…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tourism, Guides, Language Tests