Investigating the Influence of Proficiency and Gender on the Use of Selected Test-Wiseness Strategies in Higher Education

A. Majid Hayati, A. Nick Ghojogh

Abstract


This study investigated the relative frequency of seven TW strategies among Iranian EFL students to find out probable relationship(s) between test-wiseness, proficiency and gender. To do so, out of 138 participants, a total number of 80 undergraduate EFL students from Shahid Chamran University were chosen and divided on the basis of their proficiency scores into four cells of 20 individuals (High/Low Proficient Male/Female). All of them were required to sit for the second exam after two weeks periods from the first experiment. They took a test of TW comprised of 50 items in which seven selected TW strategies were incorporated. Data analysis showed significant differences between the two groups, that is, high proficient groups outperformed their low proficient counterparts. In other words, more proficient students were more test-wise. Therefore, as proved by the results of the study, TW and proficiency of students are positively correlated. Another finding suggested that there is no significant difference between the two genders concerning TW strategies.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/elt.v1n2p169

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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