Biased Self-Reflection - Achievement


Here are a number of statements that may or may not apply to you. For each statement, select the response that best applies to you. Do not spend too long deliberating about your responses: if in doubt, choose the option that immediately seems most appropriate.

Disagree Strongly Disagree Moderately Disagree a Little Agree a Little Agree Moderately Agree Strongly
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1 - Disagree Strongly
2 - Disagree Moderatley
3 - Disagree a Little
4 - Agree a Little
5 - Agree Moderately
6 - Agree Strongly
Statement 1 2 3 4 5 6
I feel that my good grades reflect directly on my academic ability.
The most important ingredient in getting good grades is my academic ability.
Sometimes my success on exams depends on some luck.
Some of my bad grades may have been a function of bad luck, being in the wrong course at the wrong time.
Some of the times that I have gotten a good grade in a course, it was due to the teacher's easy grading scheme.
In my case, the good grades I receive are always the direct result of my efforts.
Some of my good grades may simply reflect that these were easier courses than most.
My academic low points sometimes make me think I was just unlucky.
In my experience, once a professor gets the idea you're a poor student, your work is much more likely to receive poor grades than if someone else handed it in.
Sometimes I get good grades only because the course material was easy to learn.
Some low grades I've received seem to me to reflect the fact that some teachers are just stingy with marks.
I can overcome all obstacles in the path of academic success if I work hard enough.
When I get good grades, it is because of my academic competence.
If I were to get poor grades I would assume that I lacked ability to succeed in those courses.
When I receive a poor grade, I usually feel that the main reason is that I haven't studied enough for that course.
If I were to fail a course it would probably be because I lacked skill in that area.
When I fail to do as well as expected in school, it is often due to a lack of effort on my part.
Poor grades inform me that I haven't worked hard enough.
I feel that some of my good grades depend to a considerable extent on chance factors, such as having the right questions show up on an exam.
Whenever I receive good grades, it is always because I have studied hard for that course.
Some of my lower grades have seemed to be partially due to bad breaks.
Sometimes I feel that I have to consider myself lucky for the good grades I get.
Often my poorer grades are obtained in courses that the professor has failed to make interesting.
If I were to receive low marks it would cause me to question my academic ability.