Self-Regulation Test-Taking Strategies for Mathematics

Kiew Nee Tee, Kwan Eu Leong, Suzieleez Syrene Abdul Rahim


The present study aims at exploring various self-regulation test-taking strategies used by the grade 11 students for their mathematics tests which is observed from three aspects, they are before, during, and after test-taking. The data were collected from 86 students in a private school which located in Malaysia. The goal-setting and planning, help-seeking, seeking information, rehearsal, memorization, reviewing, peer pressure, adult influence, self-consequences, self-motivated, and environment setting were the strategies that is used for test preparation. Outline formulas, recall and identify key information, keep trying, and checking were the strategies used during test-taking. In addition, correction and self-evaluation were the strategies used after the test-taking. The study further examined differences of various test-taking strategies used across three performance groups, high, medium, and low achievers, and also for male and female students. The results showed that there were statistical differences in goal-setting and planning, help-seeking, keep trying, checking, and correction strategies among high, medium, and low achievers. There were also statistical differences in goal-setting and planning, rehearsal, self-motivated, outline formulas, checking, and correction strategies between male and female students. The result of this research showed that the groups of using goal-setting and planning, rehearsal, help-seeking, recall and identify key information, keep trying, checking, and correction strategies have higher scores in mathematics performance rather than those groups which do not use these strategies.


high achievers, low achievers, self-regulation, test-taking

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