VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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VSTEP Listening Test – A Study into Test-takers’ Perceptions
Lan Thuy Le

Building: A12
Room: Room 305
Date: 2018-10-12 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


To bridge the gap into the validation research of Vietnam Standardized Test of English Proficiency (VSTEP), this research aims to reveal test-takers’ perceptions towards the VSTEP Listening test’s context validity. It adopted the sequential explanatory design, which is a combination of both quantitative and qualitative research strictly in this order. Through convenience sampling, a questionnaire survey was conducted among 80 test-takers who were third and fourth year students at University of Languages and International Studies – Vietnam National University, among whom 8 were invited for follow-up interviews. As regards the VSTEP Listening test’s context validity, fairly positive responses from participants were recorded. More specifically, the most positive results were given to the test’s clarity of instruction, test-takers’ awareness of test purposes and familiarity with exchange types in the recording, and test invigilators’ fair treatment of all test-takers. Meanwhile, the less positive responses focused on the test’ exclusive use of multiple choice format, duration of time for previewing and processing answers, authenticity, overall reliability of the test results and the quality of listening equipment. In light of such findings, it is recommended that the examination board take into consideration a variety of response format, extra allowance of previewing time, standardization of test venue and means of transmission.


Keywords


VSTEP, assessment, validation, standardised test, listening test