Washback of Ujian Nasional: The Students’ Perceptions (A Case Study at MTS Daarul ‘Ulya Metro)

Ahmad Madzkur, Dedi Irwansyah

Abstract


Studies on washback of testing have been recently conducted. This demonstrates that there is a growing awareness that testing can have consequences beyond just the classroom. For about one decade, Indonesia’ Ministry of Education has administered a so-called National Examination/Ujian Nasional (UN) as the standardized test for passing grade requirement. In spite of its good aim, UN has become one of controversial issues among educators, students and even parents. Some say yes while some others say no. This mini-research based paper was mainly attempted to display some impacts, not all, of UN toward the test takers, the students. This research was qualitative in nature. The data were collected by observation and questionnaires to 20 students. The result of the study showed that most of the students felt unconfident with their score in National Examination due to the fact that their English competence was considered low. However, the difficulty of UN did not significantly affect their studying English language. in other words, the washback of UN on their study was negative.


Keywords


washback; national examination/Ujian Nasional, students' perception

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