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Chinese test takers' attitudes towards the Versant English Test: a mixed-methods approach

Jinsong Fan

Language Testing in Asia | Springer Nature | Published : 2014

Abstract

This study investigated Chinese test takers' attitudes towards the Versant English Test (VET), an automated spoken English test developed by Pearson Knowledge Technologies. Based on previous attitudinal studies, `attitude' in this study was conceptualized as a hypothetical psychological construct which consisted of three components: beliefs, opinions, and emotions. In data collection and analysis, this study adopted the mixed-methods sequential explanatory design. Quantitative data were collected through a questionnaire while qualitative data were collected through follow-up semi-structured interviews and focus-group discussions. The findings of this study indicate that test takers had overa..

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