Anxiety of university students in Taiwan about the General English Proficiency Test

Ya-huei Wang1, Hung-Chang Liao2
1The Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Chung Shan Medical University and Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
2Department of Health Services Administration, Chung Shan Medical University and Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Wang, Y., & Liao, H. (2012). Anxiety of university students in Taiwan about the General English Proficiency Test. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 63-74.

Volume 40 Issue 1 | e2388 | Published: January 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.1.63

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In this study we examined whether or not university students in Taiwan experience anxiety when taking the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), and whether there are differences in GEPT anxiety levels among students according to gender and/or personality. We developed a GEPT test anxiety scale (GEPT-TAS) to explore the anxiety levels of university students. The final questionnaire included 36 questions, covering the cognitive, emotional, and affective dimensions of test anxiety. Several conclusions can be drawn from the findings of this study. First, university students do experience GEPT test anxiety. Second, females experience more emotional anxiety than do males. Third, students who are inclined to be introverted tend to experience more anxiety compared with students inclined to be extroverted.
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