Gender differences in test anxiety in high-stakes english proficiency tests
Santana, Josefina C.
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Test anxiety can be defined as a reaction of stress to evaluations. This article reports on a study of the gender differences in test anxiety between males and females taking an English language proficiency test-the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) at a Mexican university. Participants (N=231; 47% male and 53% female) were asked to complete Grandis’s Questionnaire on Test Anxiety in University Students a few minutes before they took the TOEIC. Responses on the questionnaire were correlated to TOEIC scores by linear regression analysis. Results show that women’s scores were significantly higher than the men’s on the Test Anxiety questionnaire (F = 65.75 vs M = 53.56), significantly lower on the TOEIC (F= 731 vs M = 772), and that gender is an important factor in test anxiety.