Rate your answers from 1 to 5; add them up and check your score below.

(1) = Disagree, (5) = Agree.

1. I cringe when I have to go to math class.
1 2 3 4 5

2. I am uneasy about going to the board in a math class.
1 2 3 4 5

3. I am afraid to ask questions in math class.
1 2 3 4 5

4. I am always worried about being called on in math class.
1 2 3 4 5

5. I understand math now, but I worry that it’s going to get really difficult soon.
1 2 3 4 5

6. I tend to zone out in math class.
1 2 3 4 5

7. I fear math tests more than any other kind.
1 2 3 4 5

8. I don’t know how to study for math tests.
1 2 3 4 5

9. It’s clear to me in math class, but when I go home it’s like I was never there.
1 2 3 4 5

10. I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with the rest of the class.
1 2 3 4 5

Check Your Score:

40-50 – Sure thing, you have math anxiety. Check my 10 hints on how to reduce math anxiety.

30-39 – No doubt! You’re still fearful about math.

20-29 – On the fence!.

10-19 – Wow! Loose as a goose!

Math anxiety is an emotional reaction to mathematics based on a past unpleasant experience
which harms future learning. A good experience learning mathematics can overcome these
past feelings and success and future achievement in math can be attained.


5–9 Mild anxiety

10–14 Moderate anxiety

15–21 Severe anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear.
It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might
experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although
we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’
response – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.

We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common
to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful
event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on
your life.
For example:

sitting an exam

going into hospital

attending an interview

starting a new job

moving away from home

having a baby

being diagnosed with an illness

deciding to get married or divorced.

In situations like these, it’s understandable to have worries about how you
will perform, or what the outcome will be. For a brief period you might
even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. Then usually, after a short
while or when the situation has passed, the feelings of worry stop.