Proceedings of The 1st EAI Bukittinggi International Conference on Education, BICED 2019, 17-18 October, 2019, Bukititinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia

Research Article

An Analysis of Item Difficulties in PBT for the Graduate Candidates of IAIN Bukittinggi

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.17-10-2019.2289740,
        author={Merry Prima Dewi},
        title={An Analysis of Item Difficulties in PBT for the Graduate Candidates of IAIN Bukittinggi},
        proceedings={Proceedings of The 1st EAI Bukittinggi International Conference on Education, BICED 2019, 17-18 October, 2019, Bukititinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={BICED},
        year={2019},
        month={12},
        keywords={item difficulty pbt toefl score},
        doi={10.4108/eai.17-10-2019.2289740}
    }
    
  • Merry Prima Dewi
    Year: 2019
    An Analysis of Item Difficulties in PBT for the Graduate Candidates of IAIN Bukittinggi
    BICED
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.17-10-2019.2289740
Merry Prima Dewi1,*
  • 1: English Department Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Bukittinggi, Indonesia
*Contact email: merryprimadewi@gmail.com

Abstract

this research aimed at finding out the item difficulties of the listening, structure and written expression, and reading comprehension in Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) conducted at IAIN Bukittinggi. The most problematic issue in IAIN Bukittinggi is the TOEFL score. The mean score for the graduate candidates for the bachelor degree and diploma was 357. Based on the passing grade set by the institution, the graduate candidates should get at least 400. This is a descriptive quantitative research with the 1035 graduate candidates as the population. The total sampling was used to determine the sample. Item difficulty index is used to determine the classification of each item in the PBT. The result of the research shows that all of the items in the PBT test were considered difficult and moderate, none of the item was considered easy. It means that the PBT is very difficult for the students. This is the reason why the graduate candidates could not achive the passing grade set by the institution