Instructions: Please check
the number for each item that comes closest to describing
1. Nervousness while taking an
exam or test hinders me from doing well.
2. I work most effectively under
pressure, when the task is very important.
3. In a course where I have been
doing poorly, my fear of a bad grade cuts down my efficiency.
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.
5. The more important the examination,
the less well I seem to do.
6. While I may (or may not) be
nervous before taking an exam, once I start, I seem to forget
to be nervous.
During exams or tests, I block on questions to which I know
the answers, even though I remember them as soon as the exam
Nervousness while taking a test helps me to do better.
When I start a test, nothing is able to distract me.
10. In courses in which the total grade is based mainly on one exam,
I seem to do better than other people.
I find that my mind goes blank at the beginning of an exam,
and it takes me a few minutes before I can function.
I look forward to exams.
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..
Time pressure on an exam causes me to do worse than the rest
of the group under similar conditions.
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.
I enjoy taking a difficult exam more than an easy one.
I find myself reading exam questions without understanding
them and I must go back over them so that they will make
18. The more important the exam
or test, the better I seem to do.
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.
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
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.
You do not have to deal with this
alone. Seek assistance!
Call Counseling and Wellness Services at 775-3407.
from: Alpert, R. & Haber, R.
N. (1960). Anxiety in academic achievement situations. Journal
of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 61, 201-215.
Last revised July 2011 - Counseling and Wellness Services - 053 Student Union - Wright State University - Dayton, Ohio 45435 - 937-775-3407