Learner Strategies and Test-wiseness of the Intermediate and Advanced Iranian TOEFL ibt Test Takers

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1 Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.

2 PhD Candidate in of Applied Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Good language learners slot in a repertoire of strategies and when language tests are at stake, test-taking strategies and test-wiseness pave pay to a prolific outcome. Among such tests, TOEFL iBT seems to be a prerequisite to academic success and a nightmare many Iranian students struggle with. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to raise awareness about the type of questions in iBT, brush up the necessary skills integratively and help them employ strategies that can facilitate optimal results during the preparation course and as they were taking the test. Furthermore, we intended to investigate if the level of proficiency alone was sufficient or strategies played a more important role. Therefore, 34 iBT candidates (18 intermediate and 16 advanced) sat an iBT test and later took part in special strategy training courses. They were interviewed on the effectiveness of the strategies during the course and after they sat the second exam. As the results revealed, there was a significant difference between the two sets of exam results and being test-wise and the strategies of goal setting, covering, interleaving and considering the context along with spaced practice and compensation strategies helped the candidates perform better without further language classes.

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Volume 5, Issue 2
Summer and Autumn 2017
Pages 91-100
  • Receive Date: 14 August 2018
  • Revise Date: 26 November 2018
  • Accept Date: 10 November 2018