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Does Increased Effort Compensate for Performance Debilitating Test Anxiety?

Putwain, DW and Symes, W (2018) Does Increased Effort Compensate for Performance Debilitating Test Anxiety? School Psychology Quarterly, 33 (3). pp. 482-491. ISSN 1045-3830

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Abstract

Objective: It is well established that test anxiety is negatively related to examination performance. Based on attentional control theory, the aim of this study was to examine whether increased effort can protect against performance debilitating test anxiety. Method: Four hundred and sixty-six participants (male = 228, 48.9%; white = 346, 74.3%; mean age = 15.7 years) completed self-report measures of test anxiety and effort that were matched to performance on a high-stakes secondary school examination. Results: The worry and bodily symptoms components of test anxiety were negatively, and effort, positively related to examination performance. Effort moderated the negative relation between bodily symptoms and examination performance. At low effort the negative relationship was amplified and at high effort was attenuated. Conclusions: Compensatory effort protects performance against bodily symptoms but not worry. It is possible that the cognitive load on working memory arising from the combination of worry and examination demands may be too high to be compensated by effort.

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Additional Information: ©American Psychological Association, 2018. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000236.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Education
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 11:58
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 10:04
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8039

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