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A Rasch Analysis of TOEIC Reading Items


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  • TOEICリーディング問題の難易度の検証 : ラッシュ分析を用いて

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This study investigated the difficulty order of 100 items in the reading section of the TOEIC test (i.e., Test 1 from TOEIC Official Test-Preparation Guide Vol. 4) using a Rasch analysis in the hope of providing implications for decision making in educational institutions that offer TOEIC classes, since knowledge of the difficulty order of such items can be used to plan more efficient curricula. The participants were 83 university students, who enrolled in the TOEIC classes offered by Faculty of Foreign Languages at Kyoto Sangyo University. After the difficulty order of the 100 items was displayed according to their Rasch difficulty estimates, the items of Parts 5 and 6 were examined to identify what grammar point it was testing, and the difficulty order within the same grammatical category was examined. The reading comprehension questions (i.e., Part 7) was grouped into seven categories based on their question types and their difficulty order was also examined. However, the participants involved and the items used in this study were limited and insufficient, and these limitations should be addressed in future research.


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