Effect of students' perceptions of course load on test anxiety

Am J Pharm Educ. 2006 Apr 15;70(2):26. doi: 10.5688/aj700226.

Abstract

Objectives: The objective of this study was to examine the association between student perceptions of course load, their ability to manage time, and test anxiety.

Methods: A survey was self-administered to all students (professional years 1 through 4) enrolled in the PharmD curriculum at the University of Houston (2001) with items measuring test anxiety, perceived course load, and ability to manage time.

Results: One hundred ninety-eight students participated in the survey (response rate P1 = 48%, P2 = 52%, P3 = 52%, P4 = 72%). There was a significant difference in students' perception of course load, ability to manage time, and test anxiety scores across the 4 years. Test anxiety was positively correlated with students' perceptions of course load and negatively related to their ability to manage time with course work.

Conclusions: Students' perception of course load and their ability to manage time with their course work is associated with test anxiety. Future studies should evaluate the role of stress/time management programs to reduce stress and anxiety.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Social Behavior
  • Students, Pharmacy / psychology*
  • Time Management