Test anxiety, heart rate and performance in A-level French speaking mock exams: an exploratory study

This pilot study explored the relationship between test anxiety, heart rate and academic performance. The pilot trialled heart rate measurement procedures in an applied setting and tested the utility of a self-report test anxiety questionnaire that had been adapted to suit UK secondary school students.

There was a significant, negative relationship between general test anxiety and general academic performance, although test anxiety was not related to performance on the French speaking test. Neither was there a significant relationship between general test anxiety and heart rate. There was, however, a significant positive relationship between heart rate and performance on the mock French test.

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