Washback of high-stakes tests on the parents: Case of Entrance Exam of Universities (EEU) in Iran

Hadi Salehi, Melor Md Yunus, Zeinab Salehi

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The term washback refers to the connections between language testing and language teaching and learning in general, and the impact of testing on teaching and learning in particular. The Entrance Exam of the Universities (EEU) in Iran is a high-stakes competitive test which explicitly influences all its stakeholders. This paper reports the quantitative findings of a study conducted on the Iranian parents to investigate their perceptions of the EEU washback effect on the parents. To collect the data, a validated questionnaire with 24 items altogether was randomly administered to 30 Iranian parents from the city of Isfahan whose children were in pre-university level preparing themselves to participate in the upcoming EEU. The analysis of the findings showed that the Iranian parents have negative perceptions of the high-stakes exam of the EEU; however, they motivate their children to study for this exam. The majority of the parents stated that although they dislike this exam, they provide a suitable environment for their children and provide them with supplementary materials. This explicitly showed the pressure the EEU puts on the parents especially when their children are preparing themselves to participate in the EEU. However, the results obtained from the parents need to be triangulated through the data obtained from other stakeholders of the EEU such as the teachers, students, principals, test designers and even the publishers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2449-2456
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • Entrance Exam of the Universities (EEU)
  • High-stakes test
  • Parents
  • Stakeholder
  • Washback

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Washback of high-stakes tests on the parents : Case of Entrance Exam of Universities (EEU) in Iran. / Salehi, Hadi; Md Yunus, Melor; Salehi, Zeinab.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, Vol. 8, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 2449-2456.

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