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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

John P. Madden

Second Advisor

Choonkyong Kim

Third Advisor

Sharon Cogdill

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

high-stakes English tests, test preparation, test scores, student perceptions, Chinese students, English proficiency


Because of high-stakes English language tests, Chinese students have strong desires to achieve success on tests, which contributes to enhancing the prosperity of the test preparation industry. This present study aimed to explore the perceptions of Chinese students on test preparation courses for two of the popular English language tests in Chinese society—the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The result showed that most participants valued the test preparation courses on improving their scores at different levels within a limited time. However, they also pointed out the courses focused less on English proficiency improvement. In addition, implications for English test preparation education and English language teaching were discussed in the context of Chinese students. The present study makes contributions to reflecting how Chinese students perceive two of the major English language test preparation courses in both positive and negative ways. However, more research is needed to make a stronger case.



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