Looking into listening: Using Eye-Tracking

This study investigated the cognitive processing of 30 test-takers while completing the Aptis Listening Test. The research studied test-takers’ processes according to ones targeted at the different item levels in the Aptis Test.

Specifically, it examined whether test-takers’ cognitive processes and types of information used corresponded to the ones targeted at the different CEFR levels. To this end, a detailed analysis of test-takers’ verbal recalls was conducted, which were stimulated by a replay of their eye-traces while they had been solving the items. The study also explored the usefulness of quantitative analyses of eye-tracking metrics captured during listening tests.