An English placement test at three different periods: the implementation and the test administrators’ views

Basori, Basori, Mubarok, Harir ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6949-4286, Rohmana, Wahyu Indah Mala, Bisriyah, Maslihatul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8649-5969, Jayanti, Septia Dwi and Maharany, Elva Riezky (2023) An English placement test at three different periods: the implementation and the test administrators’ views. Journal of English Teaching and Learning Issues, 6 (2). pp. 135-152. ISSN 2615-3920

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore the practice of an English placement test at one of the English education programs during three different testing periods (before the COVID-19 pandemic, during the pandemic, and after the pandemic). Further, the study sought to investigate the views of the test administrators, mainly focusing on the challenges they faced administering the test during the period mentioned. Using a qualitative case study approach, the researchers gathered the data from the results of observations and final reflections of the test administrators. The findings revealed that the placement test in three different periods applied similar three consecutive stages: the pre-testing stage, the testing day, and the post-testing stage. The goal of the test is also similar to that it is used to gauge the newly intake students entering TBIP. Rather than grouping students for specific classes, the placement test was conducted as a part of need analysis strategies to understand students’ English proficiency levels. While the placement tests before and after the pandemic have similarities, especially in preparation activities, the test format, and the test delivery, the placement test during COVID-19 differs. Despite those issues, the placement test administrators believed the test brought additional benefits. In addition to gauging the newly intake students’ English proficiency, the placement test was a way to start building positive relationships with students before meeting in an actual class. Hence, the test administrators have mixed feelings upon administering the placement test. Some final thoughts conclude the papers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: English; placement test; practice; administrators’ view
Subjects: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Divisions: Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Training > Department of English Language Education
Depositing User: basori basori
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2024 08:48

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