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
Date Written: December 31, 2017
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
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