Predictability of the IELTS in a high-stakes context: a mixed methods study of Chinese students’ perspectives on test preparation

Hui Ma, Sin Wang Chong*

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Abstract

High-stakes language tests are used around the world as a gatekeeping tool under the internationalization of higher education. However, the predictable aspect of the high-stakes language tests is seldom discussed, especially from students’ perspectives. This study aims to address this gap by aiming to better understand how certain factors and conditions contribute to the predictability issue of IELTS from students’ perspectives within a high-stakes context. This study used a mixed method approach to investigate the views and experiences of students within a Sino-UK joint college. The data collection was in two concurrent strands: online survey and group interviews. Findings suggested that IELTS can impact students negatively by narrowing their English learning scope, driving them into self-isolated way of study, doing repeated test-taking and buying predicted answers. Implications related to language test preparation are discussed in light of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages18
JournalLanguage Testing in Asia
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2022

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