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6. Conclusions This study has investigated the text-inherent complexity and the receiver-oriented difficulty of a corpus of twenty-five reading comprehension tests. To this end, quantitative and qualitative research was carried out on the texts as well as on the tasks of the corpus and reported on in chapters 3 and 4. The thirteen calculations made use of in chapter 3 allowed for an objective measurement of various aspects of the complexity of the texts under investigation, while the qualitative analyses reported on in chapter 4 indicated some complex and marked types of cohesion in some of the tests of the corpus. The analyses described in chapter 5, on the other hand, drew on the data obtained from the administration of the tests and of the feedback questionnaires. They accounted for the difficulty of the tasks and the tests, as well as for the subjective judgement made by the test takers upon the difficulty of each text and the accompanying tasks. The data obtained by means of these different methodologies and from different sources was compared and ‘triangulated’ throughout chapters 3, 4 and 5, in order to increase the representa- tiveness of this study (see 5.1 above). As for the main results obtained by applying the quantitative calculations in chapter 3, it can be claimed, first of all, that although each calculation captured a specific aspect of the complexity of the texts, factor analysis and multidimensional scaling revealed the presence of two underlying macro-aspects: namely, one which is broadly concerned with...
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