Stress, anxiety, and cognitive interference: reactions to tests.

  title={Stress, anxiety, and cognitive interference: reactions to tests.},
  author={Irwin G. Sarason},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={46 4},
  • I. Sarason
  • Published 1984
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
The nature of test anxiety and its relationships to performance and cognitive interference are analyzed from the standpoint of attentional processes. A new instrument to assess dimensions of reactions to tests is presented, and its psychometric properties are described. The scales of the Reactions to Tests questionnaire (Worry, Tension, Test-Irrelevant Thinking, Bodily Symptoms) were compared with regard to intellective performance and cognitive interference. The results were consistent with… 
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