ERIC Number: ED212648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Determining the Debilitative Impact of Test Anxiety.
Madsen, Harold S.
The detrimental effects of anxiety in English as a second language/foreign language (ESL/FL) are investigated. Although empirical research on the subject of ESL/FL test affect is limited, helpful insights on test anxiety exist in the psychological literature. Two constructs in the anxiety literature are considered relevant for this study: trait and state anxiety and facilitating (as well as debilitating) anxiety. Results suggest that ESI tests can be debilitating to a substantial segment of language classes and that anxiety-prone students are not evaluated as well on stressfull tests as those who are not anxiety-prone. Evidence indicates a relationship between anxiety and sex, language proficiency, and language background. Means exist to evaluate the amount of anxiety inherent in an exam for a given language group (although this information is available only after the exam has been taken). To avoid results biased in favor of students who are not anxiety-prone, it is recommended that the exam be excluded when testing comparable groups in the future. Screening tests to eliminate unnecessary anxiety together with its hidden bias is emphasized. (Author/AL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: State Anxiety; Trait Anxiety