Test anxiety in mathematics among early undergraduate students in a British university in Malaysia

Natanael Karjanto, Su Ting Yong

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Abstract

The level of test anxiety in mathematics subjects among early undergraduate students at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is studied in this article. The sample consists of 206 students taking several mathematics modules who completed the questionnaires on test anxiety just before they entered the venue for midterm examinations. The sample data include the differences in the context of academic levels, gender groups and nationality backgrounds. The level of test anxiety in mathematics is measured using seven Likert questionnaire statements adapted from the Test Anxiety Inventory describing one's emotional feeling before the start of an examination. In general, the result shows that the students who had a lower score expectation were more anxious than those who had a higher score expectation, but that they obtained a better score than the expected score. In the context of academic levels, gender groups and nationality backgrounds, there were no significant correlations between the level of test anxiety and the students' academic performance. The effect size of the correlation values ranged from extremely small to moderate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-37
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • academic performance
  • actual score
  • effect size
  • expected score
  • the level of test anxiety in mathematics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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