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Students' Perceptions of the Impact of the College English Test

  • Hongli Li1,
  • Qi Zhong2 and
  • Hoi K Suen3
Language Testing in Asia20122:77

DOI: 10.1186/2229-0443-2-3-77

Published: 15 July 2012

Abstract

Designed to assess college students' English ability, the College English Test (CET) is regarded as the most influential English test in China. This study investigates students' perceptions of the impact of the CET on their English-learning practices and their affective conditions. A survey was administered to 150 undergraduate students at a university in Beijing. It was found that students perceived the impact of the CET to be pervasive. In particular, the majority of the respondents indicated that the CET had a greater impact on what they studied than on how they studied. Most of the students surveyed felt the CET had motivated them to make a greater effort to learn English. Many students seemed to be willing to put more effort on the language skills most heavily weighted in the CET. About half of the students reported a higher level of self-efficacy in regard to their overall English ability and some specific English skills as a result of taking or preparing for the CET. However, many students also reported experiencing increased pressure and anxiety in relation to learning English. This study provides important evidence about how the CET influences college students' English learning in China, and directions for further research are also suggested.

Keywords

Students Perceptions Impact College English Test

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Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Georgia State University
(2)
Central University of Finance and Economics
(3)
The Pennsylvania State University

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