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Outer Circle and Academic Proficiency Tests Survey 2014 - Cameroon
Outer Circle and Academic Proficiency Tests Survey 2014 - Cameroon
Survey of attitudes towards Academic English tests in the Commonwealth
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- Information for Questionnaire Participants
My study is concerned with how students perform on academic English proficiency tests and students' subsequent academic performance at university abroad. These tests are used as proof of English language proficiency for student visas in English-speaking countries. For this reason, they are called 'Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) by the UK Visa & Immigration authorities. "SELTs" include; PTE Academic, IELTS, TOEFL & TOEFL-iBT, TOEIC, CPE, CAE, FCE among others. Your answers to this survey will help me to explore how English language proficiency is demonstrated in international students who already have a background in English and will contribute towards exploring the issues around the predictive validity of tests such as PTE Academic, IELTS and TOEFL and student support at university. (predictive validity - whether the test scores have any relationship with how students perform and cope on their chosen university courses) The study is aimed at students from Commonwealth countries (former British colonies in Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions) who have either taken an academic English test or who used their secondary school (high school) qualifications to demonstrate their English proficiency for university study in the UK or other countries. In this survey, I welcome opinions and views of professionals and students currently in Commonwealth countries themselves to contribute to the concepts in my study as below. Many thanks, Roy Wilson, PhD Student Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick
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3) Year of Birth
4) Current Country of Residence
5) What is your first language? (mother tongue)
6) What other languages can you speak?
7) What is your current level of education?
Please describe “other” here
8) What is your current occupation?
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(Secure English Language Test) is an international English language test which the UK Visa and Immigration Service identify as being proof of a student’s English language proficiency. Examples of SELTs include
, PTE Academic,
9) Have you ever done a
If you answered "No" go to question 11; if you answered "yes" go to question 10.
10) If yes please indicate which
tests you took from the list
Other (please describe in box below)
Please Describe the ‘other’ test here
10a) What was your overall score for the test(s) above and please indicate individual skill scores (if applicable)
Overall: Listening: Reading: Speaking: Writing:
10b) To what extent were these scores a good reflection of your academic English proficiency?
10c) Please give reasons for your response in 10b above
11) If a student from your country wants to study abroad, which of these do you think the student should use in order to demonstrate their English proficiency for university? (tick all that apply)
a high school English certificate from your country
an international Academic English test e.g.
a face-to-face interview
a skype interview
a written assignment
a language test offered by the university you applied to
other (please describe below)
Other Method of Admission
12) What was your home country high/secondary school qualification in English?
Brunei Cambridge O Level
Cameroon O Level
Malta Second Education Certificate
Mauritius O Level
Singapore O Level
South Africa National Senior Certificate
Other (Please describe in box below)
Please describe “other” home country English qualification here
13) What was the Grade you achieved in your home country English qualification?
14) Do you think this home country qualification can be used as proof of English proficiency if a student from your country wants to study abroad in a country such as the UK,
15) To what extent do you think your home country English language qualifications are valued internationally? (Please comment)
16) Before going overseas to study, to what extent would a student from your country already have appropriate academic English proficiency in order to cope with their studies in English in a country such as the UK, Canada or the
17) How would you define ‘academic English proficiency’?
18) To what extent would a student from your country have difficulties with differences in academic culture in an academic environment in the UK?
Citizens of the following countries do not need to take a
before being admitted to University in the UK:
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The USA, all anglophone Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, The Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & The Grenadines, St Lucia
19) Is your country on the above list?
yes (please go to question 22)
no (please go to question 20)
20) How do you feel about your country not being included on this list?
21) What do you think are the reasons for your country not being on this list?
22) To what extent do you consider your country to be an English-speaking nation?
FOR QUESTIONS 23
-29 below please read the text on the right
For the next questions please read each of the statements in the table on the left and indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the opinion expressed. There is a chance to comment further in the box below. "SELT" in the statements refers to the 'Secure English Language Test' that many international students have to take in order to be issued a student visa to enter the UK higher education system. These tests include IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL, CPE, CAE, etc... A 'Commonwealth country' is a country (or territory) which was once part of the British Empire e.g. Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong etc... where the medium of education is likely to be in English
23) Taking a
is simply a bureaucratic exercise to get a visa
24) Taking a
is a useful exercise in measuring my ability in academic English
25) Students who have had all their education in the language of English should not have to do a
26) Students from Commonwealth countries should still have to do a
because English is not spoken widely enough in those countries
27) Students from Commonwealth countries should do a
because English high/secondary school qualifications from those countries cannot be guaranteed for quality.
test is a better indicator of a student’s academic English proficiency than a high/secondary school English qualification from their home country
29) Being taught all their school subjects in the medium of English is better proof of a student’s English proficiency than a
Please comment further on your answers to
-Q29 if you wish
30) To what extent should students from your country be required to do an international academic English test (SELT) in order to enter a UK university? Please explain your answer
Would you be willing to be contacted further about the topics in this survey?
I would like to be contacted further (please add your details below)
No thanks, I don’t want to take further part in the study
If you have any further comments or opinions you wish to express, or any suggestions, please do so here
Thank you very much for completing this questionnaire
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This form is confidential. Personal names and university names will not be used in the final report or presentations. Personal names and university names do not have to be given.
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