The Adolescent Test Anxiety Scale

The Adolescent Test Anxiety Scale

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There is a need for a valid and reliable scale to measure test anxiety in school age students. This study details the development, reliability, and preliminary validity evidence of a self-report measure of test anxiety for high school (grades 9 through 12; ages 14-18) students, the Adolescent Test Anxiety Scale (ATAS). A preliminary 70-item scale was administered to a sample (N = 316) of adolescents. This sample was split into a development sample (N = 50), which was used to obtain preliminary reliability estimates and reduce the number of items, and a cross-validation sample ( n = 256), which was used to examine the factor structure and obtain initial construct validity evidence. The results indicate that the ATAS has high internal consistency. Additionally, the results of a factor analysis indicate that the scale consists of two factors: a Cognitive factor and a Physiological factor. The ATAS also exhibited evidence for convergent and discriminant validity by its correlations with another measure of test anxiety and a general measure of anxiety. Therefore, the ATAS appears to be a reliable and valid measure of adolescent test anxiety. Implications of the findings and directions for future research with the scale are discussed.References Allen, G. (1971). Effectiveness of study counseling and desensitization in alleviating test anxiety in college students. ... Spielberger and P.R. Vagg (Eds.), Test anxiety: Theory, assessment, and treatment (pp. 15-33). Washington, DC: Taylor aamp; Francis. Anton, W.D. ... New York, NY: Basic Books. Beck, R.C. (2000).

Title:The Adolescent Test Anxiety Scale
Author:Patrick J. Kumke
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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