ERIC Number: ED189593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Anxiety on Reading Comprehension.
Wark, David; And Others
The effects of test anxiety on reading comprehension were studied in two experiments. In the first experiment, 75 college students completed a test anxiety scale and the McGraw-Hill Basic Skills System reading comprehension subtest. The low anxious students in this experiment showed higher reading comprehension than the high anxious students. In the second experiment, 102 college students were administered the test anxiety scale and the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, a "speeded" test that requires completion in a short time. None of the students in experiment two finished the test, and there were no significant differences in reading comprehension across high, medium, and low anxiety groups. To examine the "speededness"/anxiety relationship more carefully, the Nelson-Denny test was administered to a group of 19 college students who were allowed to complete the test without a time limit. Under these circumstances, there was some relationship found between anxiety scores and reading scores; however, the differences did not reach the conventional level of statistical significance. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Reading Association (21st, Notre Dame, IN, October 20-21, 1978). The short abstract will not reproduce clearly due to small type size. Occasional light and broken type.