Stress Experienced by Baccalaureate Students Preparing for the Catalan University Access Examinations

By Dimitrios Vlachopoulos.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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University access examinations in Catalonia, Spain have been recognized as some of the most important tests for students. This importance automatically converts them into a significant source of stress, which can influence the students’ performance during these examinations. This paper aims to describe and analyze this examination stress in Baccalaureate students through semi-structured interviews with 50 students, 17–18 years old, in their final year of public school in Catalonia. The results of this research show that stress is expressed in different ways and with different intensities from one student to another. Four features of examination stress were identified that can facilitate its understanding and explanation: the time factor of the students’ stress, subject specific examination stress, stress coming from the students’ social context and stress experienced in order to avoid failure.

Keywords: Examination Stress, Secondary Education, University Access Examinations

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.41-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 471.299KB).

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachopoulos

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Education Sciences, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Education from the University of Barcelona, specializing in the area of distance education. His current research interests also include Teaching Innovation, Research Methodology & Evaluation and Educational Technology. He speaks fluent Greek, Catalan, English and Spanish and has an intermediate level in French and Italian. He has been involved in several EU-funded projects (e-Learning action, Minerva, Leonardo, Satellite Communications Programme-VI FP etc.). In 2009 he was finalist for the International Award of Excellence of the journal Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal. Currently he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Education and Director of the Distance Education Unit at the European University of Cyprus (Laureate International Universities).