An Implicit Analysis of the Prevalence of Test Anxiety among Preservice Teachers

Eric Anane


This unique study, which was carried out in an area that seemed under researched, collected data from 100 female preservice teachers in a college of education in Ghana on the actual sources and protest-march of test anxiety among trainee teachers, considering the peculiar position teachers occupy in the learning chain. Data were collected by using an adapted version of the Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI) developed by Spielberger and Vagg. A key finding is that, external agents such as future job security tend to be the major source of trainees’ test anxiety, which is at variance with what literature seems to suggest that students who experience test anxiety tend to be the type of people who put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform well. The findings seem to suggest that, tests in themselves do not stimulate anxiety but the premium and how high the stakes are for the test, tend to kindle anxious moments for preservice teachers.


Implicit, preservice teachers, test anxiety

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ISSN: 1916-7822

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