Linda Lin

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong;



Bibliographic citation: (ISSN 2657-9774) Educational Role of Language Journal.     Volume 2019-1(1).  Boosting the Educational Experiencing of Language, pp. 122-131



This paper examines the impact of the writing component in the NMET (National Matriculation English Test) on the development of learners’ writing skills in China. By analysing the results of three types of data, a writing test (WT) taken by 83 participants who received considerably high scores on the NMET, a questionnaire survey and three focus-group interviews, the study finds the NMET has had a major negative impact on the writing of this group of learners. Factors attributed to this impact include the test design, and the implicit and explicit marking criteria of the NMET.

Keywords: NMET, writing skills, assessments, negative impact, English learning in China

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