Students' perceptions of the general english proficiency test: A study on Tishk International University students in Erbil, Iraq

Keywords: English test, proficiency test, foreign language.


Language Proficiency exams are run globally in different formats to assess students` performance at all stages. Accordingly, standardized or institution-based proficiency exams are common at higher education institutions to determine students` level and overall ability. This study was conducted in 2022-2023 Academic Year over a span of 4 weeks to examine the perceptions of prospective students who want to study in different faculties and departments of Tishk International University in Iraq. One thousand students were chosen as the sample by adopting convenience sampling method. The purpose of this study was to figure out prospective students` genuine opinions on revised Tishk International University General English Proficiency Exam. The students took the exam run by Tishk International University, Language Preparatory School and expressed their opinions about the exam through the interview. The findings revealed that watching movies, reading books, joining some training programs, following the news and TV programs in English affected their performance positively, whereas setting other priorities, focusing on other subjects rather than English, not studying well in advance, unable to manage the time and stress affected their results adversely. Additionally, the students stated once more that incorporating some of the questions from their grade 12 English textbook with those from the Cambridge Proficiency Exam 1 boosted their motivation to achieve high marks on the test. The findings of this study may have some implications for future studies related to English language proficiency tests.


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Author Biographies

Bunyamin Celik, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq.

Ph.D., Lecturer, English Language Teaching Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq.

Saban Kara, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq.

Ma, Instructor, English Language Teaching Department, Faculty of Education, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq.


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How to Cite
Celik, B., & Kara, S. (2022). Students’ perceptions of the general english proficiency test: A study on Tishk International University students in Erbil, Iraq. Amazonia Investiga, 11(59), 10-20.
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