Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
John P. Madden
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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.
JIANG, XUE, "Chinese Student Perceptions on English Test Preparation Courses in China" (2020). Culminating Projects in TESL. 27.