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Anxiety of university students in Taiwan about the General English Proficiency Test

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In this study we examined whether or not university students in Taiwan experience anxiety when taking the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), and whether there are differences in GEPT anxiety levels among students according to gender and/or personality. We developed a GEPT test anxiety scale (GEPT-TAS) to explore the anxiety levels of university students. The final questionnaire included 36 questions, covering the cognitive, emotional, and affective dimensions of test anxiety. Several conclusions can be drawn from the findings of this study. First, university students do experience GEPT test anxiety. Second, females experience more emotional anxiety than do males. Third, students who are inclined to be introverted tend to experience more anxiety compared with students inclined to be extroverted.
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Keywords: AFFECTIVE ANXIETY; COGNITIVE ANXIETY; EMOTIONAL ANXIETY; ENGLISH PROFICIENCY; GENERAL ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST; TEST ANXIETY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-02-01

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