ERIC Number: ED428092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Text Anxiety and Effect of Anxiety-Reduction Training on Students' Performance on the Georgia Regents' Reading Exam.
Stallworth-Clark, Rosemarie; Cochran, Jeff; Scott, Janice S.
A review course (RTC) for the Georgia Board of Regents' Reading Test (GRT) is provided in most institutions in Georgia's university system to help students who have not passed the GRT before they have earned 50 cumulative semester hours. A study was conducted to determine how RTC students' levels of test anxiety, as measured by the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) (C. Spielberger, 1979) may affect their scores on the GRT, and whether anxiety-reduction training could improve the scores of anxious students. Of 90 RTC students, 79 completed the TAI pretest, 70 completed the TAI posttest, and 84 took the GRT. Rational Emotive Therapy (A. Ellis, 1962) was used in anxiety-reduction training. Although there were variations in student adherence to anxiety-reduction strategies, findings support the proposition that anxiety-reduction training prior to the GRT facilitates improvement in test scores for anxious students. Pretest and posttest results showed that as anxiety rose, GRT scores declined. Anxiety-reduction training will be recommended for students with high anxiety about the GRT. An appendix contains the TAI. (Contains 3 tables and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test Anxiety Inventory