Sara K. Leeth

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Alan Eby

Degree Award Date

Spring 2011


Test Anxiety, Cognitive Methods, Intervention, psychology


Cognitive Psychology | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Psychology


Test anxiety consists of emotional and cognitive components; previous studies have shown that cognitive interventions are effective in reducing test anxiety. Nelson & Knight (2010) found that priming positive thoughts with a writing prompt prior to taking a pop quiz reduced test anxiety and improved quiz performance. The current study is a replication of this intervention, with small changes. The pop quiz was replaced with an announced quiz and the number of questionnaires was reduced. The writing prompt did not result in a significant reduction in test anxiety or increased quiz performance. Further research is needed on both cognitive and emotional interventions.