Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(5), pp. 203 - 212
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030503
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The Impact of Test Anxiety on Reading Comprehension Test Performance in Relation to Gender among Iranian EFL Learners


Zahra Mohammadi Salari *, Seyed Nezam-al-din Moinzade
Department of Foreign Languages, Kerman Institute of Higher Education, Iran

ABSTRACT

Most students experience some levels of anxiety during an exam. When anxiety affects test performance, it becomes a problem. Test anxiety can interfere with the students' ability to perform adequately and prevent students from demonstrating their knowledge on examinations. Some students have the skills and knowledge to do very well in testing situations, but their excessive anxiety impairs their performance. Among many factors, anxiety can explain the differences in reading comprehension performance among learners and has a tremendous effect on foreign language reading. The study presented in this paper aimed to explore the effects of test anxiety on Iranian EFL learners' reading test performance. Furthermore, it scrutinized the role of gender on reading comprehension and test anxiety. A total of 39 EFL learners 20 male and 19 female learners at Shokouh Language Institute of Kerman Iran attended the study. Participants took one TOFEL reading comprehension tests and also completed one questionnaires of Test Anxiety Scale [38]. The results of pearson correlation and t-test indicated that the relationship between test anxiety and (RC) was negative and significant. That is, the higher the level of test anxiety these students experienced, the lower the score they obtained on (RC) test and vice versa. This result indicates that test anxiety interferes with foreign language (RC). In addition, in this study females were found to be more anxious than males in reading settings and males were found to be better in (RC).

KEYWORDS
Test Anxiety, Reading Test Performance, Test Anxiety Scale (TAS), Reading Comprehension

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[1] Zahra Mohammadi Salari , Seyed Nezam-al-din Moinzade , "The Impact of Test Anxiety on Reading Comprehension Test Performance in Relation to Gender among Iranian EFL Learners," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 203 - 212, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030503.

(b). APA Format:
Zahra Mohammadi Salari , Seyed Nezam-al-din Moinzade (2015). The Impact of Test Anxiety on Reading Comprehension Test Performance in Relation to Gender among Iranian EFL Learners. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(5), 203 - 212. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030503.