A Test Anxiety Inventory
Taken from: http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~mueller/tai-form.html
Read each item below to see if it reflects your experience in test taking.
If it does, place a check mark on the line next to the number of the statement. Check as many as seem fitting.
Be honest with yourself.
___ 1. I wish there were some way to succeed without taking tests.
___ 2. Getting a good score on one test does not seem to increase my confidence on other tests.
___ 3. People (family, friends, etc.) are counting on me to do well.
------4.During a test, I sometimes find myself having trains of thought that have nothing to do with the
___ 5. I do not enjoy eating before or after an important test.
___ 6. I have always dreaded courses in which the teacher has the habit of giving pop quizzes.
___ 7. It seems to me that test sessions should not be made the formal, tense situations they are.
___ 8. People who do well on tests generally end up in better positions in life.
___ 9. Before or during an important exam, I find myself thinking about how much brighter some of
the other test-takers are.
___ 10. Event though I don’t always think about it, I am concerned about how others will view me if I
___ 11. Worrying about how well I will do interferes with my preparation and performance on tests.
___ 12. Having to face an important test disturbs my sleep.
___ 13. I cannot stand to have people walking around watching me while I take a test.
___ 14. If exams could be done away with, I think I would actually learn more from my courses.
___ 15. Knowing that my future depends in part on doing well on tests upsets me.
___ 16. I know I could outscore most people if I could just get myself together.
___ 17. People will question my ability if I do poorly.
___ 18. I never seem to be fully prepared to take tests.
___ 19. I cannot relax physically before a test.
___ 20. I mentally freeze up on important tests.
___ 21. Room noises (from lights, heating/cooling systems, other test-takers) bother me.
___ 22. I have a hollow, uneasy feeling before taking a test.
___ 23. Tests make me wonder if I will ever reach my goals.
___ 24. Tests do not really show how much a person knows.
___ 25. If I score low, I am not going to tell anyone exactly what my score was.
___ 26. I often fell the need to cram before a test.
___ 27. My stomach becomes upset before important tests.
___ 28. I sometimes seem to defeat myself (think negative thoughts) whole working on an important
___ 29. I start feeling very anxious or uneasy just before getting test results.
___ 30. I wish I could get into a vocation that does not require tests for entrance.
___ 31. If I do not do well on a test, I guess it will mean I am not as smart as I though I was.
___ 32. If my score is low, my parents will be very disappointed.
___ 33. My anxiety about tests makes me want to avoid preparing fully, and this just makes me more
___ 34. I often find my fingers tapping or my legs jiggling while taking a test.
___ 35. After taking a test, I often feel I could have done better than I actually did.
___ 36. When taking a test, my emotional feelings interfere with my concentration.
___ 37. The harder I work on some test items, the more confused I get.
___ 38. Aside from what others may think of me, I am concerned about my own opinion of myself if I
___ 39. My muscles tense up in certain areas of my body when I take a test.
___ 40. I do not feel confident and mentally relaxed before a test.
___ 41. My friends will be disappointed in me if my score is low.
___ 42. One of my problems is not knowing exactly when I am prepared for a test.
___ 43. I often fell physically panicky when I have to take a really important test.
___ 44. I wish teachers understood that some people are more nervous than others when taking...
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