ERIC Number: ED252578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Test Anxiety, Previous Test Taking Experience, and Test-Wiseness in Entering Medical Students.
Harvill, Leo M.
The relationships among variables for a group of first year medical students were examined. The variables included previous test-taking experience, test-taking training, test anxiety, and level of test wiseness. The study also provided initial normative data concerning the level of test anxiety among entering medical students for comparison with undergraduate college student norms. Many medical students had had previous test-taking training. A positive correlation was found between experience with essay tests and comfort in taking oral examinations, indicating a relationship between two verbal skill areas. The negative correlation between experience in taking essay tests and comfort in taking objective multiple choice tests may be of practical importance because of the nature of testing in most medical schools. Medical students were less test anxious than undergraduate college students. Some evidence was found that students' test anxiety may be more closely related in a negative manner to their level of comfort in taking objective create-an-answer tests and practical/performance tests. The study failed to support a negative relationship between test anxiety and test wiseness. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).