Westside Test Anxiety Scale
The Westside Scale is found to be a valid
measure of test anxiety impairment, and is becoming increasingly popular.
See: Driscoll, R.
(2007). Westside Test Anxiety Scale Validation. 6pp. ERIC onSite
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Test Anxiety Reduction
Anxiety reduction benefits attained in 7 consecutive
studies involving 118 students compare favorably to standard
Driscoll, R. (2006), STARS-PAC
Anxiety Reduction: Rationale and Initial Findings. 18 pp. ERIC onSite
C. Crews, J.
Froeschle, & R. Driscoll. (2011) The Test-Anxiety Reduction
Program. In T.
Fitch & J. Marshall
(Eds.). Group Work and Outreach Guide for College Counselors.
American Counseling Association, p.33-42..
Consistent Test Gains in Controlled Studies
Summary: The confidence training program improves test scores
by half a letter grade (12 percentile points) for highly anxious
college students, and by just under a quarter letter grade for middle
percentile (¾ lettter grade) gains among 12 college students, half of them on academic
Driscoll, R., B. Holt,
L. Hunter (2005). Accelerated Desensitization
and Adaptive Attitudes Interventions and Test Gains with Academic
Probation Students. 13pp . ERIC,
percentile (½ letter grade) test gains on standardized HESI exam.
Ginger Evans, G.Ramsey, R. Driscoll (2010).
Test-Anxiety Program and Test Gains with Nursing Students.
(½ letter grade) test gains among 6 struggling students.
Driscoll, R. &
B. Holt (2012). Automated Anxiety Control Promotes
Student Retention. A Replication. 3pp. ERIC,
8+ percentile grade gains among 12 college students.
Bowman, Noah & R. Driscoll. Test Anxiety
Reduction and Confidence Training: A Replication. Jan, 3pp. Accepted by ERIC
percentile gains were attained for 22 fifth grade students on the Tenn.
Melanie Miller, J.
Morton, R. Driscoll & K.
A. Davis (2006). Accelerated Desensitization with Adaptive Attitudes
and Test Gains with
5th Graders. 14pp.
percentile test gains with 6th grade students.
An early component analysis indicates that exposure,
strenuous activity, and positive images all contribute significantly to
overall anxiety-reduction benefits
Driscoll, R. (1976).
Anxiety Reduction Using Physical Exertion and
Positive Images. The Psychological Record, 26,
87-94. on site
Nursing Students Are found
to be Highly Test Anxious
Driscoll, R., G.
Evans, G. Ramsey, S. Wheeler (2009). High Test Anxiety
among Nursing Students. 3pp. ERIC
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