Knowing the test takers: Investigating chinese and indian EFL/ESL students' performance on PTE academic

Ying Zheng, Wei Wei

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The study investigated Chinese and Indian test takers' performance on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and their motivation and anxiety-related factors and linguistic confidence. The association between the affective variables investigated and test performance was compared between test takers from these two countries that have the highest number of English as second language (ESL) and English as foreign language (EFL) students. The results indicated that: a) Chinese and Indian students differ in their PTE Academic performance; b) observed score differences between test takers from the two countries can be partially explained by the variance in their affective factors in English learning and testing. The study suggests that a score profile which contains not only overall scores but also communicative scores and enabling scores can provide additional relevant information for diagnostic and placement purposes. EFL and ESL teachers need to take affective factors into consideration when understanding their students and placing them in different teaching groups and designing their tailored classroom activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-152
Number of pages33
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Affective factors
  • Anxiety
  • Chinese and Indian test takers
  • Diagnostic implications
  • Global Scale of English (GSE)
  • Motivation
  • PTE Academic


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