Differences in the Use of Multiple-choice Test-taking Strategies by Iranian EFL Learners Regarding Reading Comprehension Ability

Document Type: Research Articles

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Departement of English Language and Literature, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran

2 Ma in TEFL, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran

Abstract

The study investigated differences in the use of multiple-choice test-taking strategies by Iranian EFL learners regarding reading comprehension ability. Reading is the most important academic language skill that receives the particular focus in second or foreign language teaching; tests are also regularly applied to assess academic performance. This paper sought to investigate differences in the use of multiple-choice test-taking strategies by Iranian EFL learners regarding reading comprehension ability. The participants comprised 122 EFL learners, 61 females and 61 males, who answered a reading comprehension test while they were answering a test-taking strategy questionnaire. A number of one-way chi-square analyses were used to analyze the data. The findings manifested that there was a statistically significant difference between participants in the use of different types of test-taking strategies in answering multiple-choice reading comprehension test. The results of this study have pedagogical implications for teaching test-taking strategies to low-proficiency EFL learners.

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