TEST WISENESS EXPLOITS BY TOEFL TEST-TAKERS: WISELY OR NAIVELY?

Syarifah Hudia, Dara Yusnida, Nyak Mutia Ismail, Juliana Juliana

Abstract


Test-taking strategies in TOEFL are seen as test significance since the test-takers mostly make a guess when they are faced with the absence of decision in identifying the correct option. Guessing with strategy is helpful and can manifest in score achievement. This study aimed at finding the test-taking strategies utilized by TOEFL test-takers. This study employed a descriptive case study by which the researchers access in-depth information about the test-taking strategies used by TOEFL testees. There were 23 non-English department students involved as the respondents in this study. They were asked to answer three sets of questions within different times—each set consisting of 7 questions representing each test-wise strategy. The data were then analyzed using descriptive statistics to see the score variance. The result displays that only 4 out of 23 students who can employ their test strategies—are known to be test wise; meanwhile the rest cannot—known to be test naïve.


Keywords


Test-taking strategies; test wise; test naïve; standardized test; language test cognition

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