Test anxiety

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This chapter aims at providing a broad overview of current and recurrent issues in the domain of test anxiety. It begins with a brief description of the test anxiety construct and its key components and presents the clinical profile of a prototypical test-anxious individual. The chapter then surveys what we know about the prevalence of test anxiety, followed by a discussion of the specific impairments associated with test anxiety. It moves on to review issues related to the diagnosis of test-anxious students and probe the etiology of evaluative anxiety. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of current evidence-based treatments. Current attempts to reduce debilitating levels of test anxiety and enhance test performance have typically focused either on treatments directed toward the emotional (affective), cognitive (worry), or behavioral skills (study skills) facets of test anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118775349
ISBN (Print)9781118775356
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • Cognitively focused interventions
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • Personality
  • Test anxiety
  • Test performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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