The Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale, A Brief Version: Psychometric Data (Suinn & Winston,2003)

Abstract: A measure of mathematics anxiety, the Mathematics Anxiety Rat- ing Scale (MARS) has been a major scale used for research and clinical studies since 1972. Despite the usefulness of the original scale, researchers have sought a 5horter version of the scale partly to reduce the administration time of the original 96.1tem scale. This study created a shorter version of the MARS and provides reliability and validity information for the new version. The Cronbach alpha of .96 indicated high in- internal consistency, while the test-retest reliability for the MARS 30-item was .90 ( p < ,001). The validity data confirm that h e MARS 30-item test is comparable to the original MARS 98-item scale.

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Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale – Short Form (17 Item)

The Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale – Short Form is a 17 – item revision to the original Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale (CTAS). Psychometric analyses of the original CTAS revealed that the inclusion of reverse-coded items produced an unintended factor (Test Confidence). Therefore, the Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale – Short Form was created by removing reverse-coded items from the original instrument in an attempt to create a more parsimonious measure of cognitive test anxiety.

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Perceived Test Threat

The Perceived Test Threat scale is an 18 – item measure designed to assess learners’ perceptions of upcoming tests. Specifically, the scale was designed to determine if learners’ perceived upcoming test as threatening either due to the difficulty of the content or personal barriers to success.

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