Test Anxiety And Academic Performance

823 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Whether academia or professional, students of all ages are faced with the challenges of obtaining and maintaining good academic or professional performance in order to advance to the other level. There are many key factors that contributes to the decline in performance however, one that renders further investigation is test anxiety.
According to research, test anxiety is known as an overwhelming feeling of disturbance and distress among students that impairs their cognitive and emotional behavior. It is a reaction to a specific-situation trait that is associated with an individual’s experiences while taking a test. A review of the literature shows that test anxiety is a key factor in decline in students’ academic performance. (Farooqi, Ghanit, Speilberger, 2012).
Several studies were conducted to test the relationship between anxiety and academic performance (Farooqi et al., 2012). One that captures the construct of test anxiety is Speilberger Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI). TAI focuses on two specific components that are linked to anxiety and academic performance that is worry and emotionality (Farooqi et al., 2012). Worry is often associated with the decline in test performance students with high test anxiety (Henderson, Zhang, 2014). Worry as an essential component, is used to measure a student’s cognition and thought process who are concerned about the consequences of failure. Symptoms can include dizziness, sleep loss, and agitation. Emotionality encompasses the physical…
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