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An Analysis of the Reading Comprehension Test Given in the English Subject Ability Test in Taiwan and Its Pedagogical Implications
Lu, Jen Ju
Mo, Chien Ching
Lu, Jen Ju
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The purpose of this study is to present the results of a qualitative analysis and a quantitative analysis of the reading comprehension test items on the 1995-2002 English Subject Ability Test. Specifically, this study aims to promote a better understanding of the content and construct domain of the reading comprehension section and the current tendencies in the English SAT. This study also serves as a practical guide for teachers to English reading instruction and to testing preparation courses.
This study adopts both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The qualitative analysis is done by examining question types, text material, test items, test variables, the examinee's performance, etc. The quantitative analysis is done by computing the discriminatory power, the passing rate, the frequency distribution of the question type, the correlations between question types, etc.
The results of this study are summarized as follows. (1) The frequency distribution of the question type has been analyzed. (2) The comparison of proficient and less proficient examinees' performance on each question type has been made. (3) The test variables accounting for examinees’ performance have been found. (4) Difficulties in reading comprehension and in test-taking process have been identified. (5) Some significant pedagogical implications have been drawn. In sum, this study has some pedagogical implications for high school English teachers and indicates a direction to steer English reading instruction in Taiwan senior high schools.
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