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The Case of Taiwan: Perceptions of College Students About the Use of the TOEIC Tests as a Condition of Graduation

Hsieh, Ching-Ni
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Taiwan Higher Education Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Exit Examination Perceptions International Test Takers Language Policy English-language proficiency (ELP) Ministry of Education Graduation Requirements College Students Student Surveys High Stakes Testing



This study examines test taker perceptions about the use of the TOEIC test as one of the college English-language exit tests of Taiwan’s higher education institutions. The results suggest that the use of TOEIC test scores as a requirement for graduation has a positive impact on language learning. Such test use has also proven to be in line with the intended use of the TOEIC test: To prepare test takers to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

This study uses online surveys and phone interviews with Taiwanese college students to investigate their perceptions of using TOEIC test scores to meet an English-language graduation requirement. Results indicate that students have positive views about the use of the TOEIC test scores for graduation and believe that preparing to take the test has a positive impact on their language proficiency and future employment prospects. The TOEIC test scores are also perceived favorably by the participants as having high levels of reliability and validity. The study provides empirical evidence to support the use of the TOEIC test as a high-stakes test for college exit requirement in Taiwan and has positive implications for similar test use in other countries.

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