2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Comparison between Test Anxiety Inventory and Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale in Assessing Effects of Anxiety on Student Exam Performance
Cynthia M. Khan
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

Several measures of test anxiety have been developed to examine the relationship between test anxiety and test performance. The commonly used Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI), developed by Spielberger, assesses the role of anxiety dimensions worry and emotionality in test performance. A newer test anxiety measure, the Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale (CTA), developed by Cassady, focuses exclusively on the cognitive component of worry. Lower test performance has been attributed to the maintenance of worry throughout a testing situation, suggesting a stronger influence of worry on test-anxious students. The sensitivity of the CTA to situational effects was examined by repeated administration of the TAI and CTA according to differences in exam proximity. Descriptive and correlational results will be reported on potential differences in anxiety measures for the CTA and worry component of the TAI for high test-anxious students according to exam proximity.

Keywords: test anxiety, measurement scales, cognition, emotionality

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-2
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:15

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