Experience of test anxiety among university students

2024 IJRSE – Volume 13 Issue 1

Available Online:  15 February 2024


Popovska Nalevska, Gorica
Internacional Slavic University, Gavrilo Romanovic Derzavin, Republic of Macedonia (popovska.g@gmail.com)

Popovski, Filip*
Faculty of technical sciences, St Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola, Republic of Macedonia (filip.popovski@uklo.edu.mk)

Popovska Dimova, Hristina
Faculty of information and communication technologies, St Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola, Republic of Macedonia (hristina.dimova@uklo.edu.mk)


The work of assessing students’ learning is complex. In order to assess their work objectively, teachers and instructors use various test techniques, methods and instruments. Though the causes of test anxiety are many and varied, understanding them could greatly help bring the rather perturbing test anxiety situation among students under control. The general aim of this study is to identify the degree of test anxiety among students from higher education institutions in the Republic of Macedonia. The research was carried out using adapted questionnaire for university students. Questionnaires contained a combination of closed-type questions and a scale for measuring exam anxiety among students. According to the results of research, test anxiety gives rise to physical and psychological problems as well. It affects motivation, concentration and achievement negatively, increases errors during the exam, creates problems recalling the material previously learned and prevents efficient study. Creating a low-stress environment allows students to concentrate on the test rather than being distracted by test anxiety. It is especially important to talk about this topic because test anxiety has many negative consequences on the physical and mental health of students and their academic achievement.

Keywords: test anxiety, symptoms, examination, university students, test techniques


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2024.24003

Cite this article:
Popovska Nalevska, G., Popovski, F., & Popovska Dimova, H. (2024). Experience of test anxiety among university students. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 13(1), 47-56. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2024.24003

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