Accession Number : AD0755728

Title :   Effects of Anxiety Type and Item Difficulty Sequencing on Mathematics Aptitude Test Performance.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Towle,Nelson J. ; Merrill,Paul F.

Report Date : 20 APR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : Effects of item difficulty sequencing on performance and on post-state anxiety were investigated using a timed mathematics aptitude test. The Ss were randomly assigned to a random, easy-to-hard, or hard-to-easy item difficulty sequencing group. The hard-to-easy sequence group performance was significantly lower than either the random or easy-to-hard sequence groups. Though not statistically different, (1) the mathematics aptitude test scores of four achievement anxiety types grouped using the Achievement Anxiety Test, and (2) levels of state anxiety provoked by the three difficulty sequences were in the predicted direction. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*APTITUDE TESTS, *ANXIETY), MATHEMATICS, ACHIEVEMENT TESTS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE