Correlation Between Standardized Test Scores And Math Anxiety

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Andrews and Brown (2015) conducted a study which shows a correlation between standardized test scores and math anxiety, but it had a moderate, negative relationship. However, there are many contributing factors that are believed to affect a student’s math anxiety. These factors range from: personal beliefs, gender, environment, to parent and teacher influences.
The student’s personal belief in their ability to perform well in math will greatly contribute to their math anxiety. The lower their self-esteem the student has on their mathematical abilities the higher their anxiety will be. These students may have gotten a bad grade on a math test and from there the student will believe they just are not good at math and never will be. As these feelings continue to grow the worse the anxiety becomes. The anxiety will start out as the student simply believing they are not good at math, but gradually over time the feeling will expand to anxiety, nervousness and fear the moment the mention of math comes up. According to Orlin (2015), students with math anxiety will not ask questions, take notes or correct failing quizzes because these students that suffer from math anxiety feel they are stupid.
The student’s gender has tended to play a role in math anxiety, but not by genetics. There is a long held belief that has been pushed on society that males are better at math than girls. Therefore, female students tend to believe this to be true. Since the female students believe this…

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