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ERIC Number: ED079673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 98
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Specific Effects of Test Anxiety on Reading Comprehension as Measured by the Cloze Procedure.
Holmes, Charles Curtis
This study was designed to determine the effects of test anxiety level and defensiveness (lie scale) level on reading comprehension of fourth grade boys as measured by the cloze procedure. The subjects, 253 male fourth graders, were administered Sarason's Test Anxiety Scale for Children and the lie scale of the General Anxiety Scale for Children. Based on the results of these tests, 134 subjects were selected to be placed in six experimental groups comprised of all combinations of three anxiety levels and two lie scale levels. These subjects were then administered a forty-item cloze reading comprehension test. Vocabulary grade equivalents were obtained as a covariate measure in addition to supplementary variables of reading and test times. Results of the supplementary analyses of variance indicated little effect of anxiety or defensiveness on the cloze comprehension factor. However, results from analyses on vocabulary, reading times, and test times indicated general support that anxiety and defensiveness are inversely related to reading performance. The relatively greater inhibitory strength of the lie scale scores versus the anxiety scores was not supported. (Author/WR)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sarason Test Anxiety Scale