PREVALENCE OF TEST ANXIETY AMONG MEDICAL AND DENTAL STUDENTS

  1. DR. ANILA UROOJ, SINDH GOVT. LYARI GENERAL HOSPITAL KARACHI
  2. DR. MIRZA RAEES, RURAL HEALTH CENTRE BHABRA DISTRICT SARGODHA
  3. DR. REHAN NABI, AYUB TEACHING HOSPITAL ABBOTTABAD
Corresponding Author: Dr. Rehan Nabi, Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad, rehannabi35@gmail.com
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4017024
Cite this article as: Urooj A, Raees M, Nabi R. Prevalence of test anxiety among medical and dental students. Int. J. Med. Dent. Allied Health Sci. 2020;2(9). 315-19

ABSTRACT: Test anxiety is a combination of physiological over-arousal, tension, and somatic symptoms, along with worry, dread, fear of failure, and catastrophizing, that occur before or during test situations. It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test. This survey study was conducted among different medical and dental college students of different medical and dental colleges. The personal and demographic data were collected on a predefined proforma. The level of test anxiety was determined by the Westside Test Anxiety Inventory (WTAI). A total of 119 medical and dental students participated in the study. There were 72 males and 40 females in the study. The mean age of the students was 21.32±2.39 years. The prevalence of problematic test anxiety among students was 57% and it was higher in females (72%) than in males (42%). This test anxiety was higher in oral / viva voce tests than the written test.

Keywords: Test Anxiety, Medical Students, Dental Students