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The Influence of Test Anxiety on Students' Performance on Quizzes

Reedijk, M.G. (2024) The Influence of Test Anxiety on Students' Performance on Quizzes.

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Abstract:Within higher education, Audience Response Systems (ARS), also known as quizzes, are used as a common formative assessment approach. Quizzes support learning processes and make students feel more comfortable within the classroom. Despite these potential benefits for students, students’ test anxiety might negatively impact their performance on quizzes. Therefore, the current study aims to explore the correlation between test anxiety and students’ performance on quizzes. In order to investigate this, an online questionnaire was constructed in which participants had to fill in a test anxiety scale and perform two quizzes. Between the two quizzes, feedback was given in two conditions. Negative feedback was given to try to induce test anxiety, in the form of showing participants a manipulated score. Neutral feedback was given to control for the effects of negative feedback. The test anxiety levels were measured using the Westside Test Anxiety Scale (WTAS). This led to a final sample of 47 participants. Although the results revealed that there was a significant improvement in quiz scores for students in both feedback conditions, it was indicated that this improvement was not significantly associated with changes in students' test anxiety levels. This study presents the intricate and nuanced nature of the problem surrounding test anxiety and it constructs a relevant and useable format for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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