Date Approved

5-1-2002

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Age (Psychology); Test anxiety

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purposes of this investigation were to (a) establish the test anxiety level of students in the second grade, fourth grade, and sixth grade (n=92); and (b) determine the difference in the levels of test anxiety between the three grade levels. Students demonstrated surprising results on the test anxiety measure (TASC). The average score for the second grade was the highest and the average score for the sixth grade was the lowest. A multiple comparisons analysis revealed a significant difference in test anxiety levels between the second and sixth grade. However, the difference was not an increase in test anxiety, but a decrease in test anxiety. The reasons for the decrease in test anxiety are discussed. After an independent samples test, comparing test anxiety level in males and females, it was discovered that females have higher levels of test anxiety. Implications for future research are discussed.

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