Anticipated Date of Graduation

Spring 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences


Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

Doug Darbro


Anxiety is a feeling that almost every human has felt at some point in their life. Test anxiety is a branch of anxiety. Test anxiety is a combination of physical and motional symptoms that interfere with the ability to perform well on a test. Test anxiety can causes consequences of failure, worry about the exam itself, lack confidence in one’s own ability, and have low self-esteem. Studies have shown negative impact on test anxiety and test scores. A lot of this research done has been at the elementary level through undergraduate level in a students educational journey. However, not much research has been done at the masters level of a students educational journey. Since mathematics is known to be a harder subject for students due to its complexity of multistep processes to solve problems, this study focuses on masters students at Shawnee State University enrolled in the online Masters of Science Program. Data was collected from participant professors at Shawnee State University along with a survey on test anxiety. The survey that was used to collect data was the Westside Test Anxiety Scale. The purpose of this study was to understand if homework grade, exam grade, gender, and test anxiety was significant predictors of course success. Results from logistic regression showed that homework grade was a significant predictor of course success. The results of this study imply that homework grade can have a significant impact on course success and thus showing the importance of homework for students and for teachers on course success.