Assessment of Test Anxiety on the OSU Lima Campus: Prevalence, Intensity, and Coping Methods
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Theses; 2018
Prior Research has suggested that test anxiety is a common dilemma faced by a large percentage of university students. The purpose of this study is to better understand test anxiety within the confines of the Ohio State University Lima campus. Students completed a series of questionnaires and generated narratives about test anxiety in a take-home booklet. We allowed students one week to complete the booklet. Within our sample of N= 231 undergraduates, women reported higher levels of test anxiety than males across our scales. Unsurprisingly, we found that males and females reported utilizing different coping mechanisms at different frequencies both before and during a hypothetical exam. Our male and female participants provided different ratings on how helpful different coping methods were when dealing with test anxiety both before and during an exam. As expected, our test anxiety measures positively correlated with one another and negatively correlated with the ability to regulate cognitions and with GPA. Women wrote longer narratives and used more negative emotional words when describing how test anxiety affects them and how they typically cope with test anxiety. When categorized by major, women in STEM programs reported greater test anxiety levels relative to women in non-STEM majors. Consistent with our hypothesis, we found that students high in test anxiety reported greater difficulty with emotional regulation and less ability to regulate cognitions.
2nd place at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum
Academic Major: Psychology
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