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Computer-based vs. Paper-based Writing Tests: A Comparative Study of Test Taking Strategies

1. Masoud Zoghi; 2. Elnaz Reshadi (Corresponding author)
1. Dept. of ELT, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran; 2. Dept. of ELT, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran
Abstract :
This study was an attempt to compare the use of test taking strategies in computer-based 
writing test (CBWT) and paper-based writing test (PBWT) in an Iranian context. To that end, 
the researchers selected 30 test takers from Payam-Nour University of Shabestar and assigned 
them into two groups i.e. the CBWT group (n=15) and PBWT group (n=15). The participants 
in both groups took a writing test and produced verbal reports. Collecting the data, the 
researchers coded the verbal reports based on Mu's(2005) taxonomy of ESL writing strategies. 
The result showed that test takers in both groups were similar in the use of top four 
sub-strategies (i.e. organization, planning, sense of readers and revising). Also, it was known 
that both groups did not draw on two types of social/affective strategies (resourcing and 
summarizing) and on one kind of cognitive strategies (summarizing). This study contributes 
to the language testing field in several ways: (a) by providing insight into individual 
differences among test takers, and (b) by revealing the importance of test taker differences in 
different test administration modes. Overall, the findings may be beneficial not only to 
test-takers but also to test developers and administrators in particular. The conclusions and 
recommendations for future studies are discussed accordingly.
Keywords :
CBWT, PBWT, Test taking strategies

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 16:02

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 16:02

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/3559/2961

Volume 1, Number 3, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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