ERIC Number: ED039564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
A Validity Study of Self-Report and Physiological Measures of Test Anxiety.
Nighswander, James K.; And Others
This study was an investigation into the relative predictive abilities of two types of test anxiety measures. Galvanic skin response (GSR) levels obtained during achievement testing and a self-report measure of test anxiety, the Test Anxiety Scale for Children (TASC), were used as predictors of IQ and achievement test performances of 119 fifth and sixth grade subjects. It was found that the TASC accounted for little of the variance associated with test performance. Because the correlations between the GSR measures and TASC scores were quite low or negative in direction, it was suggested that the TASC may not be measuring anxiety at all, but rather some characteristic associated with aptitude. The GSR scores when combined for all students in each of the two distinct analyses produced few significant relations with test performance. The GSR demonstrated a greater relationship with achievement than IQ performance when subjects were grouped in upper and lower categories. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.; Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 23-26, 1970