Test-Anxiety

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The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) is a widely used measure of trait and state anxiety. You can take the state subscale to check your anxiety levels.

(Source: Spielberger, C. D., Gorsuch, R. L., Lushene, R., Vagg, P. R., & Jacobs, G. A. (1983). Manual for the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.)

A number of statements which people have used to describe themselves are given below. Read each statement and then circle the appropriate number to the right of the statement to indicate how you feel right now, that is, at this moment. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any one statement but give the answer which seems to describe your present feelings best.

1) I feel calm

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

2) I feel secure

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

3) I am tense

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

4) I feel strained

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

5) I feel at ease

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

6) I feel upset

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

7) I am presently worrying over possible misfortunates

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

8) I feel satisfied

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

9) I feel frightened

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

10) I feel comfortable

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

11) I feel self-confident

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

12) I feel nervous

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

13) I feel jittery

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

14) I feel indecisive

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

15) I am relaxed

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

16) I feel content

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

17) I am worried

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

18) I feel confused

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

19) I feel steady

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

20) I feel pleasant

1 not at all; 2 somewhat; 3 moderately so; 4 very much so

 

The total score is obtained by reversing the scores on the ten positive items, i.e., 1=4, 2=3, 3=2, 4=1, and then summing across all 20 items. Items 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 19, and 20 are the positively stated items.

A high score reflects a high level of anxiety and scores of 40 or above indicate clinically significant symptoms of anxiety. If you score 40 or above, you had better seriously consider strategies to reduce your anxiety and seeking help from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.