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Outer Circle Student Survey 2014
Outer Circle Student Survey 2014
1st Pilot QN
Survey of Commonwealth Students and Admissions
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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 in the UK. These tests are used as proof of English language proficiency for student visas in the UK. 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) This survey 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. Many thanks, Roy Wilson, PhD Student Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick
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2) Country of Birth
3) Year of Birth
5) What is your first language? (mother tongue)
6) What other languages can you speak?
7) When you first entered the UK to pursue further and higher education, what level of education did you apply for?
Please describe “other” here
8) What was/is the title of the qualification you studied in question 7)?
9) In which year did you begin the qualification?
10) At which UK university/institution was/is the qualification taught?
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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,
11) Did you have to do a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as
Academic before being allowed to study in the UK?
If you answered "No" go to question 14; if you answered "yes" go to question 12.
12) If yes please indicate which
tests you took from the list
Other (please describe in box below)
Please Describe the ‘other’ test here
13a) What was your overall score for the test(s) above and please indicate individual skill scores (if applicable)
Overall: Listening: Reading: Speaking: Writing:
13b) To what extent were these scores a good reflection of your academic English proficiency?
13c) Please give reasons for your response in 13b above
14) Which of these methods were used as a way of proving your English language proficiency when you applied to your chosen university? (tick all that apply)
a high school English certificate from your country
an international Academic English test e.g.
undergraduate degree from your country in English
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
15) 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
16) What was the Grade you achieved in your home country English qualification?
17) Was this home country qualification used as proof of English proficiency
by your UK university/institution?
18a) Do you feel that your home country English language qualifications were valued in the admissions process of your UK university? (Please comment)
18b) What did you feel about the admissions process in terms of how your English language proficiency was assessed?
19) Before coming to the UK, to what extent did you have a level of English that was appropriate for your UK university course?
20) To what extent have you encountered any difficulties to do with English language proficiency on your UK university course?
21) To what extent have you encountered any difficulties to do with academic skills on your UK university course?
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
22) Is your country on the above list?
yes (please go to question 25)
no (please go to question 23)
23) How do you feel about your country not being included on this list?
24) What do you think are the reasons for your country not being on this list?
25) Do you consider your country to be an English-speaking nation? If so, to what extent? (Please comment)
FOR QUESTIONS 26
-32 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
26) Taking a
is simply a bureaucratic exercise to get a visa
27) Taking a
is a useful exercise in measuring my ability in academic English
28) Students who have had all their education in the language of English should not have to do a
29) Students from Commonwealth countries should still have to do a
because English is not spoken widely enough in those countries
30) 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
32) 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
-Q32 if you wish
33) 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
34) Has your academic English test score indicated any areas in your language proficiency that you feel needs improvement? If so, which areas?
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 to help me improve the questionnaire, 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.