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This paper explores the fate of 168 students who failed the Level 4 test at the American University Alumni (AUA) Language Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It examines enrollment trends of all Level 4 students during a one-year study period spanning 2006 and 2007, and reveals what happened to the students – who dropped out (and when), and who continued to study. It also examines why students might have dropped out. It then takes a critical look at certain aspects of the Level 4 test, explores what makes a test a “good” test, and recommends a series of improvements to AUA’s test, as well as suggestions about broadening the perspectives of management. Together, these might result in better student performance, higher retention and enrollment rates, and a healthier, more productive work environment for teachers, administrators and staff.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research