MUET as a predictor of academic achievement in ESL teacher education

Othman, J. and Nordin, A.B. (2013) MUET as a predictor of academic achievement in ESL teacher education. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 13 (1). pp. 99-111. ISSN 1675-8021


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One of the indicators of English language proficiency used by Malaysian public universities is the Malaysian University English Test (MUET). This study seeks to examine whether MUET is an accurate predictor of academic performance of a group of English teacher education students. The participants for this study consisted of 111 first and second year students who were enrolled in a B. Ed Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program at a local public university. A general linear multivariate regression was conducted using the SPSS for the overall score of the MUET together with their scores on each of the test components and the students CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). The analysis was carried out to identify important predictors of academic achievement by correlating each of the independent predictor variables with each other as well as with the academic achievement criterion. The results of the multiple regression analysis revealed that reading and listening components were significant predictors of students’ academic achievement. These findings seem to indicate that the different components of the MUET can be used to predict students’ academic performance more accurately than the overall MUET score itself. However, there is a need for continuing predictive validity studies in different contexts. Context specific studies are important as they provide empirical evidence and contribute to an increasing literature on the relevance of MUET in higher education settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MUET; English language testing; Predictor; Academic achievement; Correlation
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Norhamizah Tamizi
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 01:41
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 01:41

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