Can ESP be tested by EGP?

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M Ahmadi 1 , *

1 Faculty member of Paramedical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services.

How to Cite: Ahmadi M. Can ESP be tested by EGP?, J Med Edu. 2003 ; 3(1):e105012. doi: 10.22037/jme.v3i1.867.

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Journal of Medical Education: 3 (1); e105012
Published Online: March 17, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 14, 2009
Accepted: March 17, 2009
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Abstract

Background: There are two main methods employed for the evaluation of the reading comprehension ability of students of ESP; one using specialized English texts, and the other with general English texts.Purpose: To determine whether or not there is a correlation between the two methods. Methods: In the regular 1998 examinations for admission to PhD courses for 18 different medical disciplines, in which 30 subject-specific English test items were given to the applicants of each discipline, all of them were alsoevaluated using a set of 30 general English test items (n=201 0).Results: There was a positive correlation of71% between the scores of the examinees in the two tests, the highest and the lowest correlation being respectively in the scores of the applicants of Epidemiology (84%; n=118), and environmental health (56%; n=70).Conclusion: Our finding seems to warrant the use of EGP test as an adequate measure of English language competency for academic purposes.

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