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Test Preparation Research

Dr. Liying Cheng, together with three co-investigators and two partners, are examining the effects of test preparation on test performance and English language proficiency among test-takers whose predominant language is not English.

This study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant.

This international research team will conduct research with 6 test-taker groups – Chinese, Punjabi, Korean, Arabic, Persian and Spanish - in four countries:

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The study will be conducted in potential partnership with the four largest international English language testing agencies, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), and the College English Test (CET).

The study findings will provide both test-designers and test users with empirical evidence regarding the predominant phenomenon of test preparation and the validity of test scores.

The Research Team

Dr. Liying Cheng, Principal InvestigatorChristine Doe, Program ManagerJia Ma, Research AssistantDr. Lynette May, Co-InvestigatorDr. Shahrzad Saif, Co-investigatorDr. Hong Wang, Co-InvestigatorDr. Jin Yan, PartnerDr. Ying Zheng, PartnerAnna Zyuzin, Research AssistantDr. Rahimi, Collaborator


Test Preparation Newsletter: "November 2011 - Volume 1"

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