Exploring fatigue as a moderator for the test anxiety-test performance relationship

University essay from Örebro universitet/Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete; Örebro universitet/Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete

Abstract: Fatigue and test anxiety are variables that have been identified as prevalent in students of all ages. Test anxiety has been shown to affect test performance. And yet, no studies have considered a possible interaction between these three variables. The aim of this study was to address this relation, specifically, whether fatigue moderates the test anxiety-test performance relationship. This concept was further investigated using a motivational model of fatigue. Self-report questionnaires were answered by students at Swedish universities, using validated scales on sleep, pain, fatigue, and test anxiety. Correlation tests showed that there was an association between test anxiety, test performance, and fatigue, but not motivational fatigue. A moderation analysis showed that fatigue does not moderate the test anxiety-test performance relationship. Thus, we suggest that further research be done with a larger sample, and a controlled environment, instead of being measured through self-reports.

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