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

Author(s):
Hsieh, Ching-Ni
Publication Year:
2017
Report Number:
RR-17-45
Source:
ETS Research Report
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
14
Subject/Key Words:
Taiwan Higher Education Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Exit Examination Perceptions International Test Takers Language Policy English Language Proficiency Ministry of Education Graduation Requirements College Students Student Surveys High Stakes Testing

Abstract

This study uses online surveys and phone interviews with Taiwanese college students to investigate their perceptions of using the 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 implications for similar test use in other countries.

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