I must impress raters! A test-taker perspective towards essay tests

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This quantitative study investigated 886 Chinese test-takers' perceptions towards essay tests. Test-takers were found to adopt two strategic approaches to manage rater impressions. While a defensive approach was forwarded, a risk-taking approach was thought to be penalized. Systematic textual analyses explored the textual reasons for the predictive power of test-taker perceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015



Xie, Q. (2015, June). "I must impress raters!" A test-taker perspective towards essay tests. Paper presented at the Centre for Applied English Studie (CAES) International Conference: Faces of English: theory, practice and pedagogy, The University of Hong Kong, China.