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academic performance, nursing student, retention, test anxiety, test taking



  1. Duty, Susan M. ScD, RN
  2. Christian, Ladonna MSN, RN
  3. Loftus, Jocelyn MSN, RN
  4. Zappi, Victoria BS


The cognitive component of test anxiety was correlated with academic performance among nursing students. Modest but statistically significant lower examination grade T scores were observed for students with high compared with low levels of cognitive test anxiety (CTA). High levels of CTA were associated with reduced academic performance.