Test anxiety raises concerns about assessment validity and fairness. Keeping Your Cool: Does Test Anxiety Bias Performance on the ACT?, a new study from ACT, investigated possible measurement bias due to anxiety on the ACT test. The study revealed several insights about test anxiety:
- Many examinees reported test anxiety, but anxiety did not have significant negative effects on ACT scores—in general, for males and females, and for ethnic groups.
- Test anxiety was most strongly related to feeling unprepared for the ACT.
- Test takers should minimize anxiety by following practical recommendations supported by this study, even if is not expected to affect ACT scores.
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