Confidentiality of the Participants and of their Responses
The participants were asked to use their identification numbers rather than their
names to identify themselves on the tests and on the questionnaires. The researcher
corrected the tests, the scores were sent directly to the participants, and their personal
information was destroyed immediately after completion of the study.
The research instruments used to collect the data consisted of the reading section
of the National English Entrance Examination 2004, the Reading Strategies Questionnaire
(RSQ), the Reading Think Aloud Sheet, and the interview questions.
What follows is a detailed description of these research instruments.
The National English Entrance Examination 2004.
The National English Entrance Examination is a national examination used for
high-school students who apply to the state-run universities all over the country.
The purpose of this test is to assess Thai high-school students’ English ability, and to
succeed on this test they have to meet the requirements determined by the board of the
Commission on Higher Education, which includes performing well in the English
examination, the National English Test, since English is one of the important subjects
they have to take.
The National English Entrance Examinantion is divided in four parts: situational
dialogues (25 items), cloze letter questions (10 items), cloze passages (25 items), and
reading comprehension (40 items). The allotted time to complete the test is 120 minutes