The absence of a reliable Arabic proficiency test at Imam University’s Institute for Teaching Arabic in Riyadh (ITAR) misrepresents the actual level and performance of students. Knowledge about Arabic and Islamic culture obviously affects student performance in exams and other types of evaluation measures. However, other factors have not yet been accounted for as well. The main objective of this paper is to examine any possible relationship between grades and personality traits. The ultimate goal of the study is to assist instructors in their understanding of certain factors which affect students' performance in examinations beyond their ability in the language and subject matters.
In order to assess learners' personality traits, I used the Myers Briggs’ Type Indicator (MBTI). Accordingly, (76) students from different educational backgrounds were selected to participate in the study. I was able to highlight some individual differences among students with regard to the impact of personality traits on their academic performance. Considerable consistent trends between grades and personality traits were recorded in both total subject exams and composition exams.
|Keywords:||Language Learning, Language Testing, Personality Traits|
Assistant professor of Applied Lingusitics, Institute Of Arabic Teaching, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riaydh, Saudi Arabia
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