Dr. Kioumars Razavipour & Mahboobeh Mansoori
Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz
The influences tests have on education, washback, has been the subject of much scholarly work over the last couple of decades. Many aspects of language education including teaching methods, teaching content, test factors and textbooks have been investigated. Yet, how learners and their characteristics might mediate test washback has not been the subject of much research. This study investigates how test takers' motivation and the value they accord to test design and uses mediate their test preparation practices. A hundred M.A TEFL candidates responded to two questionnaires; one on test preparation and the other on their perceptions of test use and design. Data analyzed through structural equation modeling revealed that expectancy value theory accounts to a large extent for patterns of variation in the test preparation practices. Implications the results carry for test construction and test preparation are further discussed.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The Second National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 5-4 February 2016 , Iran-Ahwaz.