The relationship between test-taking strategies and Iranian EFL learners’ performance on reading comprehension tests

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of English, Qeshm Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qeshm , Iran

2 Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Shiraz, Shiraz, Iran


Although most researchers have recently considered the role of test-taking strategies as one of the most vital factors in test taking process, it has been ignored by most EFL teachers in educational and academic settings including Iran. Because of the importance of test-taking strategies in EFL learners’ performance in tests, this research was set out to examine what strategies Iranian EFL test takers employed in reading comprehension tests. Furthermore, the present paper aimed at finding any possible relationship between test-taking strategies and test takers’ performance on reading comprehension tests. Discovering the best predictors of EFL reading test performance among several categories of test-taking strategies was also investigated. To this end, 135 EFL students were chosen based on their availability. All of the students were female, majoring in different fields of study. Three kinds of materials including multiple-choice reading comprehension tests, a questionnaire, and interviews were utilized to investigate the research questions. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, Pearson Product Correlation, and stepwise regression. The results showed a significant, positive, but low correlation between the students’ total reading score and planning and also monitoring strategies. Furthermore, planning strategy proved to be a predictor of English reading comprehension test.


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Volume 6, Issue 22 - Serial Number 22
September 2018
Pages 117-131
  • Receive Date: 19 November 2017
  • Revise Date: 08 January 2018
  • Accept Date: 12 March 2018
  • First Publish Date: 01 September 2018