Topic: Students’ Adjustment to Examination Environment and Its Influence on Their Anxiety Levels
Dr. Angu Roland Nji
Students’ academic journey is characterized by a colossal of evaluative experiences intended to determine the level of students’ learning, knowledge and skills acquisition. Examination anxiety is a set of behavioural, physiological and phenomenological reactions to concerns or worries over negative consequences of an examination. This study sought to investigate the influence of examination environment on students’ level of anxiety. A sequential explanatory design was considered appropriate for this study whereby 30 first year male and female undergraduate psychology students of The University of Bamenda responded to both closed and open-ended questionnaire items aimed at eliciting their views on examination anxiety. A four-point Likert scale questionnaire was used. Data were analyzed by using frequencies and percentages, as well as thematic analysis for the qualitative data. The study was able to establish that the examination environment influences the anxiety level of students. The study further established that overcrowded environment, poor ventilation, poor lighting, and noisy examination environment were some of the factors influencing examination anxiety. Recommendations were made to educational authorities, teachers, students and invigilators. Educational authorities were called upon to make sure that examinations are written in well ventilated halls, with proper lighting, as well as ample space to prevent overcrowding in the examination hall.