The Effects of a Test-Taking Skills Intervention on Test Anxiety and Test Performance in 4th Graders

by Meredith T Harris

Institution: Louisiana State University
Department: Psychology
Degree: MA
Year: 2014
Keywords: elementary; test-taking skills; test performance; test anxiety
Record ID: 2043983
Full text PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-07072014-110647/


Increases in standardized testing have been accompanied by increased reports of test anxiety in younger students. School-based test anxiety interventions can be implemented to decrease test anxiety and improve test performance. Skill-based interventions have effectively addressed both of these variables; however, the research has primarily targeted secondary and university students. The purpose of the current study was to determine if a test-taking skills intervention would decrease test anxiety and improve test performance in 4th grade students. Results indicated that the test-taking skills intervention resulted only in a minor decrease in test anxiety that maintained at 1-month follow-up. Effects on test performance were mixed immediately following the intervention, and test performance was equivalent to baseline levels at the conclusion of the study. Limitations of this study and recommendations for future research are included.