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Research on Two Test Systems of Assessing English Proficiency in Chinese Universities--Possibility of Adopting a Uniform Test

张迎春  
【摘要】: Currently, college English education in China consists of two sections, namely, English for non-English majors and for English majors. These two systems have their own standards and procedures for testing and evaluation. College English Test (GET) and Test for English Majors (TEM) are adopted for non-English majors and English majors respectively. By applying two research methods - questionnaire survey and testing, this paper investigates into college English teachers' opinions on college English tests. Also, two tests are carried out on English majors and non-English majors in their forth semester to find whether they are different in English language proficiency. The questionnaire results have revealed English teachers' assurance that non-English majors are able to reach the proficiency level set for English majors. The language skills that they acquire do not make a significant difference and therefore, non-English majors can attend the test for English majors. They also think CET and TEM do not have basic difference in assessing English language proficiency. The test results show that CET and TEM are able to assess and distinguish different levels of students whether they are English majors or non-English majors. The author proposes the idea of a uniform test system for assessing both English majors and non-English majors. This paper is only a preliminary comparative study. Due to various limits, it is far from perfection. It does undoubtedly play an effective role in researching into the two currently widely used test systems.


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