Journal article

Drawing on repeat test takers to study test preparation practices and their links to score gains

Ute Knoch, Annemiek Huisman, Cathie Elder, Xiaoxiao Kong, Angela McKenna

Language Testing | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


A key concern of washback research in language testing is with the value of test preparation for facilitating learning and improving test performance. Although test takers may draw on a wide range of preparation activities, the majority of research studies examining test preparation have taken place in classroom settings, leaving self-access approaches largely unexamined. The aim of the current study was to (a) explore possible links between self-access test preparation activities and improved test performance and (b) examine how repeat test takers adjust their test preparation activities from test sitting to test sitting while preparing for the Pearson Test of English (Academic). The study ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The study was funded by Pearson Education Limited through the Pearson PTE Academic research grant scheme.