Factors that influence student perceptions of English skills tests

Leni Amelia Suek

Abstract


This study explores factors that influence student perceptions of English skills test. It is thematic research where a class at English Department of Nusa Cendana University was observed to find out the reasons why the perceived tests negatively. It focused on the speaking, writing, reading and listening tests. It was revealed through observation, questionnaire and interview that students perceive English skills tests negatively because of four themes including English proficiency, the nature of the tests, students and teachers’ behaviors. Among 35 students only one of them who perceived test positively while the majority of them perceive tests negatively because they had limited English skills, they were afraid of making mistakes and talk to teachers, the tests were difficult and notified shortly, student did not study and were afraid of failing and teachers did not tolerate mistakes.

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