Math Anxiety Survey

Below is a list of common factors that can lead to math anxiety. This is by no means a professional psychological exam and the results are merely to get you thinking about your own attitudes and feelings about mathematics. This survey is not intended to diagnose or offer a professional counseling service. If you are feeling that you have an excessive amount of anxiety over math or anything else then please talk to a counselor and seek out guidance from a professional source.

When you are finished, click the "Submit Results" button and your results will be tallied. We have split the results into four categories:  Low Anxiety, Average Anxiety, Moderate Anxiety, and Extreme Anxiety.  Each section lists some ideas and strategies that could help based on your results. Take your time to think carefully and be honest with yourself.

Enjoy!

 
Physical and Emotional Factors
Never Sometimes Very Often
1. I get emotionally upset when doing or thinking about math (anger, crying, extreme frustration, etc.). 1 2 3 4 5
2. I get sweaty or clammy hands when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
3. I feel butterflies in my stomach when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
4. My stomach gets physically upset (diarrhea, vomiting, consipation, nausea, etc.) when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
5. My muscles feel tense and I feel stiff when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
6. I have trouble sleeping after working on math or the night before math class or a math test. 1 2 3 4 5
7. I feel like I have to urinate more frequently when in math class or working on a math assignment or test. 1 2 3 4 5
8. I feel like I have no control over my grades in math. 1 2 3 4 5
9. I get headaches or neck stiffness when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
10. I feel my heart race when doing or thinking about math. 1 2 3 4 5
Assessment Factors
Never Sometimes Very Often
1. I tend to do very poorly on math tests. 1 2 3 4 5
2. I feel like I need to prepare much more for math tests than for other subjects. 1 2 3 4 5
3. Math tests are much more stressful to me than other tests. 1 2 3 4 5
4. I feel that I understand certain math concepts in class but do poorly on tests. 1 2 3 4 5
5. I have trouble concentrating during math tests (racing thoughts, can't focus, "blanking out", etc.). 1 2 3 4 5
6. I do not feel confident when taking math tests no matter how much I study. 1 2 3 4 5
7. I feel that I can't trust my intuition and often second guess myself during math tests. 1 2 3 4 5
8. I generally feel that tests in any subject are a reflection of my worth as a person. 1 2 3 4 5
9. When studying for a math test, I find myself showing anxious behavior (fidgeting, pacing, making excuses, avoiding the situation, etc.). 1 2 3 4 5
10. During math tests, I find myself comparing my progress to those around me. 1 2 3 4 5
Social Factors
Never Sometimes Very Often
1. I feel that I will never be able to learn math no matter how hard I try. 1 2 3 4 5
2. I feel that others have a more "mathematical" or "logical" mind than I do. 1 2 3 4 5
3. My parents and/or friends tell me about their own struggles and frustrations with math. 1 2 3 4 5
4. I feel that in math, answers are either right or wrong and there is little room for anything in between. 1 2 3 4 5
5. I have had math teachers that I really disliked for one reason or another. 1 2 3 4 5
6. I find myself worrying about other people's math abilities and comparing them to my own. 1 2 3 4 5
7. I feel that although I am quite talented at some things, none of them help me with math. 1 2 3 4 5
8. I rely on other people to help me with day to day math situations (calculating tips, balancing checkbook, estimations, etc.). 1 2 3 4 5
9. I have been punished or embarrassed in math class for not understanding something. 1 2 3 4 5
10. I feel like I have never really understood math and am faking my way through it. 1 2 3 4 5