As I posted earlier, I am looking at information on standardized English tests so that I can better advise students. I have a question about EIKEN's reported pass percentage figures.
Their data shows a declining percetage of people who pass the test as the test becomes more difficult.
Level 1 12.8%
Level 2 26.5%
Level 3 59.1%
Level 4 74.1%
This comes from the EIKEN data here.
I would think that the percentages of those who pass would stay relatively level, unless people underestimate their language ability and take tests that are easy for them first and then rise to their level of inability. If people were always trying to pass the highest possible level for themselves, it may stay more constant.
Any other ideas?