Factors Affecting English Test Scores: A Case Study in Taiwan
Education Journal
Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages: 33-36
Received: Aug. 28, 2014; Accepted: Nov. 27, 2014; Published: Feb. 6, 2015
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Shan-Shan Kung, The Department of English Studies, Ming-Dao University, Zhanghua, Taiwan R.O.C.
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Abstract
Globalization has been a huge and important impact to almost every industry in all countries. To catch up the trend of globalization, having the most popular language, the English, well trained is particularly important. The study examines factors that affect English test scores for Taiwanese college students using a multivariate regression analysis. The result indicates that gender is an influencing variable with significant impact. Not surprisingly, time spent in outside reading and English study can enhance test scores significantly. Although the test score is less affected by per study hour, it is likely to be much more important than gender. The reason is that influence from gender is fixed since it only affects the scores once, but the effects from study hours can be cumulated. In addition, another factor having considerable impact on test scores is the time spent in soap opera. It is positively related to the test scores but its influence to scores is much smaller. However, the effect can still be large due to its cumulative property. Compared to time spent in moves, time spent in soap opera is more effective than in moves in terms of test scores improvement. The study also implies some potential study strategies that may benefit students either in study efficiency or class and test performance. A typical strategy is efficient allocation of study hours. Time allocation on various subjects is important due to the concern of diminishing return. Therefore, if students can optimize their marginal contribution from study, they may obtain the highest return (scores) from the same input (study hours).
Keywords
English Test, Multivariate Regression Analysis, College Student, Taiwan
To cite this article
Shan-Shan Kung, Factors Affecting English Test Scores: A Case Study in Taiwan, Education Journal. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015, pp. 33-36. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20150401.17
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