SATOSHI KUROKAWA (LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION SCIENCES)

A TEXT-LEVEL COMPARISON OF SEVEN MAJOR ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TESTS USING THE BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

Following Japan’s university entrance examination reforms in 2020, test takers will have to attempt one of the seven English proficiency tests (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS, TEAP, TEAP CBT, EIKEN, GTEC, and CPE). Although many researchers have investigated which tests were apt for the test takers, few have examined this issue at the text level. Hence, this presentation is a text-level comparison of these tests. Data were collected from the word list of high-school English textbooks and previous issues of the seven English proficiency tests, three times for each test. The text level of each test was then examined with reference to the British National Corpus word list to ascertain whether it covered 95% of each specific test (Nation, 2012). In conclusion, the findings revealed that TEAP test was most appropriate for the test takers because the text level of the test closely correlated with the word lists of their high schools.

Satoshi Kurokawa is Ph.D. Student of the University of Tokyo. He is currently interested in the language testing. He is also a part time English teacher of a vocational school in Japan.