University entrance exam in Iran: A bridge or a dam

Hadi Salehi, Melor Md Yunus

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The term washback refers to the power of high-stakes tests on language teaching and learning. In this study the washback effect of the university entrance exam (UEE) in Iran is explored. The results of this national test can be perceived by all its stakeholders including the teachers, students, parents, policy makers, publishers and etc. The UEE, considered as the sole criterion for admission into tertiary education, is a 4-hour multiple-choice test regarding most of the core courses that the high school graduates have been taught during a period of four years study in high school. Although this test has been administered for more than four decades, different changes have been made in its content and format of administration. However, some critics firmly believe that the UEE needs to be either thoroughly revised or totally eliminated. At the present time, the suggestion of eliminating the UEE is not practical because a specified method of selecting eligible graduate high school students has not been introduced by the policy makers. This paper aims to address the washback effect of the university entrance exam in Iran and briefly reviews its effects on the Iranian high school English teacher s, students and their families. The necessity of conducting research studies on the stakeholders of the UEE to know their perceptions of this high-stakes exam seems apparent. Two possible practical solutions are finally sugges ted to be used as the selection methods in case of eliminating the UEE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1008
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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Keywords

  • High-stakes test
  • Perception
  • Stakeholder
  • University Entrance Exam (UEE)
  • Washback

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University entrance exam in Iran : A bridge or a dam. / Salehi, Hadi; Md Yunus, Melor.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, 02.2012, p. 1005-1008.

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