Achievement Anxiety Test

Instructions: Please check the number for each item that comes closest to describing you.

1. Nervousness while taking an exam or test hinders me from doing well.

Always

     

Never

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5

           

2. I work most effectively under pressure, when the task is very important.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

3. In a course where I have been doing poorly, my fear of a bad grade cuts down my efficiency.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

4. When I am poorly prepared for an exam or test, I get upset and do less well than even my restricted knowledge should allow.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

5. The more important the examination, the less well I seem to do.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

6. While I may (or may not) be nervous before taking an exam, once I start, I seem to forget to be nervous.

Always forget

 

Never forget

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5

 

7. During exams or tests, I block on questions to which I know the answers, even though I remember them as soon as the exam is over.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

8. Nervousness while taking a test helps me to do better.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

9. When I start a test, nothing is able to distract me.

Always

     

Never

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5


10. In courses in which the total grade is based mainly on one exam, I seem to do better than other people.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

11. I find that my mind goes blank at the beginning of an exam, and it takes me a few minutes before I can function.

Always true

 

Never true

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5

 

12. I look forward to exams.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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13. I am so tired from worrying about an exam that I find I almost don't care how well I do by the time that I start the test..

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

14. Time pressure on an exam causes me to do worse than the rest of the group under similar conditions.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

15. Although 'cramming' under preexamination tension is not effective for most people, I find that if the need arises, I can learn material immediately before an exam, even under considerable pressure, and successfully retain it to use on the exam.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

16. I enjoy taking a difficult exam more than an easy one.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

17. I find myself reading exam questions without understanding them and I must go back over them so that they will make sense.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5

 

18. The more important the exam or test, the better I seem to do.

Always

     

Never

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5

 

19. When I don't do well on a difficult item at the beginning of an exam, it tends to upset me so that I block on very easy questions later on.

NEVER

     

ALWAYS

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5


Debilitating Anxiety

Facilitating Anxiety

Scoring: Debilitating Anxiety refers to anxiety that has a negative impact on your test performance and is more indicative of a 'test anxiety' problem. If you Debilitating Anxiety score is greater than 22 points you may want to complete the "Test Anxiety Workshop."

Facilitating Anxiety refers to anxiety that does not hinder your performance on an examination and actually may result in improved performance. If your score is less than 21, you may want to examine ways to improve your ability to motivate or "pump yourself up" for an examination.

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from: Alpert, R. & Haber, R. N. (1960). Anxiety in academic achievement situations. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 61, 201-215.