Analyzing scores obtained by LEMO and LEI undergraduate students in the TOEFL®ITP: perceptions and performance
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
"The TOEFL test has become so important in the certification of the English language that most universities consider it as an appropriate test to evaluate EFL students’ proficiency (Boyd et al. 2007, Griffin 2004, Hernandez et al. 2005). Most of times, students are required to have a specific score in order to prove their proficiency level. However, there are many internal and external factors as well as perceptions that may have either positive or negative effects on the scores. This quantitative-qualitative research aims to find out the most common scores that students from the Faculty of Languages of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) get when they take the TOEFL® ITP test, and reflect about the perceptions students have about this test as well as some factors that might have either positive or negative effects on students’ performance through the application of a diagnostic TOEFL® ITP test and the analysis of a questionnaire applied to students. Such study intends to contribute with the improvement of students’ performance when doing the TOEFL test, providing experiences and considering students’ strengths and weaknesses reflected on the scores in order to help them achieve better results to prove their English proficiency."