Recent language testing research investigates factors other than language proficiency that may be responsible for systematic variance in languagetest performance. One such factor is the test takers`` cognitive styles. The present study was carried out with the aim of finding the probable effects of Iranian EFL learners`` cognitive styles on their performance on cloze tests. For purposes of the present study, it was hypothesized that field (in)dependence would introduce systematic variance into Iranian EFL learners`` cloze test performance. 30 female students all majoring in English Translation at Shiraz Islamic Azad University took the Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT), a reduced version of TOEFL test, and a cloze test. The results of the present study provided evidence that the field-dependent (FD, hereafter) subjects performed the same as their field independent (FI, hereafter) counterparts on the cloze test. It was, therefore, concluded that test takers`` cognitive styles may not be viewed as a source of systematic variance in performance on cloze tests and hence, may not be a source of test bias.
- 주제 : 어문학분야 > 언어학
- 발행기관 : 범태평양 응용언어학회
- 간행물 : Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (Journal of PAAL ), 17권 2호