Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

David I. Hanauer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study aims to explicate the differences between test takers' IELTS and TOEFL testing experiences. The basis of this research is the idea that test takers' testing experiences are important because they can provide information that might not be recognized by testers (Shohamy, 2001a). The data of this study were collected by interviewing six graduate level students who have taken both IELTS and TOEFL tests. The results are presented in three different tables with their descriptions and explanations. The analysis of the results shows that the participants in this study perceived IELTS and TOEFL tests differently in three aspects: on the tests, in the tests, and effects of the tests. Furthermore, this study also presents information of high-stakes tests testing experience, concept of ideal tests, and critiques of the effects of the tests. Finally, this study provides some implications and recommendations for future research.

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