Abstract: This study examines the effects of family support, frequency of the anxiety, factors decreasing and increasing test anxiety and sex on the test anxiety levels of 8th graders residing in Çankiri, Turkey and preparing for the Secondary Education Student Selection and Placement Test. A total of 500 randomly selected students constituted the sample of the study. Their test anxiety levels were measured by using the "Test Anxiety Inventory" developed by Spielberger and adapted to Turkish by Öner. Other information about students was collected through the "Student Introduction Form". In order to discover whether student scores on the inventory differed with respect to the variables, the data was analyzed by one-way variance analysis and t-test. When the difference was found to be meaningful, Post Hoc Test (Bonferroni Test) was used to determine the group causing the difference. The analysis showed that those who said they did not receive support from their families in overcoming the anxiety, who always felt anxious during testsand whose anxiety was exacerbated by their friends were experiencing higher levels of test anxiety. Inversely, data from those who were not experiencing high levels of anxiety showed that the most important factor for them was spending time with their family members. The study ends with suggestions for children, families, educators and researchers.
Ender Durualp and Neriman Aral , 2008. The Relationship Between Test Anxiety and Family Support, Frequency of the Anxiety, Factors Decreasing and Increasing Test Anxiety and Sex Factors Affecting Test Anxiety. The Social Sciences, 3: 488-493.