The Effects of Test Anxiety

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The second part of the questionnaire was designed to reveal possible causes of test anxiety among students. Consequently, the second part of the questionnaire referred to seemingly obvious anxiety factors, such as the amount of time dedicated to study for a particular test, different campus “gossip” and “rumors” regarding the difficulty of the test, the degree in which they are familiar with the teacher and the teacher’s techniques.

In this part of the test, students were asked to rate the influence of those factors on their degree of anxiety before or during a test. Here are the four questions of the test. for convenience, in the demonstrative table below we will mark only the question’s number, but we will also keep the previously collected data as a reference.

Although none of the students admitted to being an emotive person, all of them stated that they do suffer, to some degree, of test anxiety. From the synopsis above, one obvious statement can be formulated: the younger the student, the higher the degree of anxiety. In addition, girls seem to worry more than girls do. This is explainable from several points of view: first, we shouldn’t forget their socio-cultural background: even if girls tend, generally speaking, to worry more, their cultural background is a factor that we shouldn’t omit, as their culture tends to teach girls (and women in general) to obey more, to ask fewer questions, while men are more likely to try to prove themselves. It is also obvious the importance of experience in dealing with exams: first-year students tend to fear everything, while last year ones are more relaxed, due to their previous experience.

While all 12 students admit the importance of the study, admitting that they are much more nervous if they don’t have a solid background (notice that only one student rated that factor with three, the rest of the figures are of four and five.