The Relationship between Test Anxiety and Academic Achievement

Bulletin of Education and Research December 2010, Vol. 32, No. 2 pp. 63- 74

12 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2013

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Rizwan Rana

University of the Punjab (PU)

Nasir Mahmood

University of the Punjab (PU) - Institute of Education and Research

Date Written: December 2, 2010

Abstract

The major aim of this research study was to explore the relationship between test anxiety and academic achievement of students at the post graduate level. A sample of 414 students was randomly selected from seven different science departments in a public sector university in Lahore, Pakistan. Data were collected by using the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) developed by Spielberger. Pearson correlation, multivariate statistics and regression analyses were run for data analysis. It was found that a significant negative relationship exists between test anxiety scores and students’ achievement scores. Results showed that a cognitive factor (worry) contributes more in test anxiety than affective factors (emotional). Therefore, it is concluded that test anxiety is one of the factors which are responsible for students’ underachievement and low performance but it can be managed by appropriate training of students in dealing with factors causing test anxiety.

Suggested Citation

Rana, Rizwan and Mahmood, Nasir, The Relationship between Test Anxiety and Academic Achievement (December 2, 2010). Bulletin of Education and Research December 2010, Vol. 32, No. 2 pp. 63- 74. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362291

Rizwan Rana

University of the Punjab (PU)

New Campus
Pakistan
Lahore, Punjab 54000
Pakistan

Nasir Mahmood (Contact Author)

University of the Punjab (PU) - Institute of Education and Research ( email )

Room 213, Institute of Education and Research
Quaid-i-Azam Campus
Lahore, Punjab 54590
Pakistan

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