Language Aptitude Test as a Tool for Determining Students' Performances in English Language in Iseyin and Itesiwaju LGA, Oyo state

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Department of English, The College of Education, Lanlate, Oyo State:

Introduction; Statement of the Problem; Objectives of the study; Research questions; Scope of the study; Methodology- research design; Population/sample and sampling techniques; Instrumentation; Validation of the instrument; Method of data analysis; Results; Discussion of findings; Conclusion and recommendations; References.

Language aptitude test is used to predict the capability of a learner to acquire a language. The paper determined whether or not the concept of language aptitude test had truly performed its role on pupils' performances. The study surveyed 14 primary schools and 10 secondary schools in Iseyin and Itesiwaju local government areas (LGAs) of Oyo state covering results of pupils in common entrance examination in English language for 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic sessions and the students' performances in Junior Secondary School (JSS) One examination in English language for the same sessions under review. From the findings, it was revealed that failure rates were on the high side in their junior secondary examinations in English language, the performances were extremely better in the common entrance aptitude test in English language though such excellent performances in their JSS One examination in English language were attributed to too many factors thus rendering the common entrance examination not only unreliable but highly invalid. Based on the findings, it is recommended that there should be an overhauling of the way examinations are being conducted to truly reflect pupils' performances and at the same time achieving the desired result of pre-empting their performances in English language at the secondary school level.