Chinese and Korean college students’ perceptions of standardized English tests

Minhee Eom, Yong Lang, Caihong Xie


This study investigated college students’ perceptions of various standardized English tests used in China and South Korea. A total of 357 university students, 195 from China and 162 from South Korea, participated in a survey designed for this study. The survey asked the participants first to select one English test they knew well and subsequently to evaluate its attributes of: test quality, resources, cost, difficulty, test constructs, other skills, and other knowledge. The five English tests most selected were the TOEFL and the TOEIC in Korea and the NCEE, the CET-4 and the TEM-4 in China. Multivariate analyses of variance (MANOVA) and follow-up univariate analyses of variance (ANOVAs) found significant differences between the five English tests in all the test attribute variables except for cost. The comparisons between five English tests provided new insights into significant attributes of standardized English tests used in these two EFL countries.



English as a foreign language; EFL testing; test attributes ; China; Korea

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