Why isn't note taking allowed on the TOEIC®?by Edward Sarich
|". . . note taking can greatly reduce frustration among students because rather than having them take on the onerous task of trying to retain everything in memory, they are now actively trying to listen specifically for details which they deem to be relevant."|
[ p. 20 ]Surprisingly, however, note taking during the TOEIC is prohibited, even though other commonly used standardized language test in Japan allows the practice, including the STEP-Eiken, the Sentaa Shiken, and the IELTS. Even the TOEFL, an internationally recognized test of English proficiency that is produced by the makers of the TOEIC, allows note taking.
|"One way in which tests can produce better learning outcomes is by fostering learning behavior that mimics authentic language activity. Allowing note taking, therefore would be of great benefit to the TOEIC . . ."|
[ p. 21 ]Although teachers have traditionally been the arbiters of their students' fates, this duty has increasingly fallen into the hands of organizations with little vested interest in those who take their tests. Even making small changes to these mass-produced standardized tests can significantly affect the lives of a generation of young students. Clearly, greater accountability must be expected of these agencies. If teachers do not do so, who will?
[ p. 36 ]Aryadoust, V. (2011). Application of the fusion model to while-listening performance tests. SHIKEN: JALT Testing & Evaluation SIG Newsletter, 15 (2), 2-9. Retrieved from http://jalt.org/test/PDF/Aryadoust2.pfd