ERIC Number: ED318498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Determining the Relationship of Nursing Test Scores and Test Anxiety Levels before and after a Test-Taking Strategy Seminar.
Carraway, Cassandra T.
A study was conducted to determine whether participation in a test-taking strategy seminar significantly decreased test anxiety in first-year nursing students. The study also sought to compare nursing test scores of first-year nursing students who participated in the seminar with those who did not. The sample consisted of 30 first-year nursing students enrolled at a Southern California community college. Experimental and control groups were randomly drawn. A Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) was administered to the control and experimental groups prior to and after taking the 3-hour seminar on test-taking strategies. Each nursing student completed two nursing tests prior to the first TAI and two nursing tests after the second TAI. The scores were analyzed and compared for both the experimental and control groups. The experimental group, only, attended a test-taking strategy seminar 1 week after completing the first TAI; the second TAI was administered to both groups 1 week after the seminar. The study found that the nursing students who participated in the test-taking seminar had significantly lower test anxiety levels and significantly higher nursing test scores than those who did not participate. (The mean nursing test score prior to the semester was 81.20 for the experimental group and 80.13 for the control group, indicating a similar sample population.) A 36-item bibliography, the Test-Anxiety Instrument and the test-taking strategies covered at the seminar are appended. (WJT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.