Original Articles

The Influence of Mode of Test Administration on Test Performance

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 1, 2011 , pages: 139–144
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820440
Author(s): Anisha Bhoola-PatelUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Sumaya LaherUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


This study examined the influence of mode of test administration (paper based or computer-based) on anxiety levels and test performance. Participants were 44 learners (males = 22, females = 22) from three schools in Johannesburg, South Africa who completed both a computer and paper version of the Differential Aptitude Test—Form K Non-Verbal Reasoning test, the Computer Attitude Scale, the Computer Anxiety Rating Scale and Sarason's Test Anxiety Scale. Test anxiety was significantly related to both computer and paper based testing.

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