Using online practice tests based on authentic short stories in English to enhance student language skills

Gergana Petkova,

Vanya Ivanova


The purpose of this article is to explain the principle behind practice tests based on authentic short stories in English, describe their construction, and outline their ap­plication which aims to increase student knowledge and skills in a foreign language. The methodology employs digital practice tests created following a set of criteria for test development based on Bloom’s taxonomy. The results of the study indicate certain benefits of the practice tests: short stories introduce new vocabulary and the tests provide reinforcement, which both facilitates and motivates the students.


This paper is supported by grant MU21-FMI-015 from the NPD at the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”, financed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

Słowa kluczowe: e-learning, practice tests, digital tests, short stories, test criteria

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