Test Anxiety Scale

Rate how true you believe each of the following statements are true for your child, from extremely or always true to not at all or never true. Use the following 5-point scale. Note the gender references are made for readability only.

5 = extremely or always true
4 = highly or usually true
3 = moderately or sometimes true
2 = slightly or seldom true
1 = not at all or never true

___ 1. The closer my child gets to a major exam, the harder it is for her to concentrate on the material.
___ 2. When my child studies, he appears to worry he will not remember the material at the time of the exam.
___ 3. During important exams, my child thinks she is doing awful or she may fail.
___ 4. My child loses focus on important exams and cannot remember material he knew before the exam.
___ 5. My child finally remembers the answer to exam questions after the exam is finished.
___ 6. My child worries so much before a major exam she is too worn out to do her best on the actual exam.
___ 7. My child feels out of sorts or really not himself when he takes an important exam.
___ 8. My child finds her mind sometimes wanders when she is taking important exams.
___ 9. After an exam, my child worries whether he did well enough.
___ 10. My child struggles with writing assignments or avoids them as long as she can. She feels whatever she does will not be good enough.


Scores between 10 – 19 indicate comfortably low test anxiety
Scores between 20 – 24 indicate normal or average test anxiety
Scores between 25 – 29 indicate high normal test anxiety
Scores between 30 – 34 indicate moderately high test anxiety
Scores between 35 – 39 indicate high test anxiety
Scores between 40 – 50 indicate extremely high test anxiety


* This is an altered version of Dr. Richard Driscoll’s ‘Westside Test Anxiety Scale’