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Exploring Item Characteristics That Are Related to the Difficulty of TOEFL Dialogue Items Irene KostinExploring Item Characteristics That Are Related to the Difficulty of TOEFL Dialogue Items

By Irene Kostin

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Topics: variables, 2 in the category of word-level factors, 1 in the category of discourse-level factors, and 8 in the category of task-processing factors. Multiple regression analyses indicate that the var
Year: 2004
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