• Oyaziwo O. Aluede Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria
  • Austine I. Ojugo Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria
  • Samuel A. Fajoju National Open University of Nigeria, Auchi Study Centre, Nigeria
Keywords: Examination Anxiety, Adolescents, Secondary School Students, Examination Phobia, Test Anxiety


Examination is usually a major source of concern to students. This study therefore, investigated
examination anxiety among secondary school students in Edo State, Nigeria. The study adopted
the descriptive survey research design. The participants were 2,052 secondary school students
aged 10-18 years randomly sampled from the population of 151,239. The instrument employed
was an adapted questionnaire titled: Examination Behaviour Assessment Scale (EBAS). The
percentage and bar chart methods were employed to analyse the collected data and it yielded
the following results: Secondary school students in Edo State experienced moderate level of
examination anxiety, such as rapid heartbeat, sweating palm, feeling of vomiting, feeling like
fainting, trembling, frequent urination and restlessness. The study recommended, among others,
that government should adapt a new approach to testing that will focus on evaluating students
through progress report that describe their efforts, achievements, strengths and weaknesses
without necessarily using grades. Other assessment procedures apart from progress report that
may be employed include: formative assessment, informal assessment such as checking for
understanding, quizzes and summative techniques. Also, there should be school intervention
programmes that will involve all stakeholders in education processes such as the government,
students, teachers, psychologists, parents, guidance counsellors and the ministries of education
in order to remove factors that inhibit learning. The school Guidance Counsellors and
Psychologists should encourage stakeholders in the learning process to promote good study
habits, provide learning materials and facilities that will build self confidence in the students,
thereby reducing anxiety over examination.

Author Biography

Samuel A. Fajoju, National Open University of Nigeria, Auchi Study Centre, Nigeria