M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Age (Psychology); Test anxiety
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.
Arnold, Sharon, "Test anxiety and age: as we grow older do we become more test anxious?" (2002). Theses and Dissertations. 1391.