Test Takers’ Perceptions Towards BEC Exams: A Case Study of a Russian University

Journal of Language and Education, 2017, 3(4), 27-36. doi:10.17323/2411-7390-2017-3-4-27-35

9 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2018

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Tatyana Permyakova

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm)

Marina Sheveleva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Elizaveta Smirnova

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm)

Date Written: December 31, 2017

Abstract

This is a qualitative study of candidates’ motivation to take BEC exams and their expectations toward the exam results, which was conducted at the Cambridge Exam Preparation Center in a Russian university. The research dataset comprised 33 participants who took part in face-to-face, in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Overall, candidates showed a positive attitude to BEC at different exam levels. The main reasons for preparing for and taking the exams were extrinsic and defined by the institutional environment. The respondents opted for BEC exams as they intended to receive an international education (master’s level) and/or build a successful career in international organizations. The study also revealed a connection between candidates’ expectations toward exam results and their age and level of language proficiency.

Keywords: International English Language Exams, BEC, Qualitative Study, Russia, Motivation, Expectations

Suggested Citation

Permyakova, Tatyana and Sheveleva, Marina and Smirnova, Elizaveta, Test Takers’ Perceptions Towards BEC Exams: A Case Study of a Russian University (December 31, 2017). Journal of Language and Education, 2017, 3(4), 27-36. doi:10.17323/2411-7390-2017-3-4-27-35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3209411

Tatyana Permyakova (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm) ( email )

38 Studencheskaya Ulitsa
Perm, Permsky kray 614070
Russia

Marina Sheveleva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Elizaveta Smirnova

National Research University Higher School of Economics - National Research University Higher School of Economics (Perm) ( email )

38 Studencheskaya Ulitsa
Perm, Permsky kray 614070
Russia

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