Please feel free to print this page for your records. Or at least copy your anxiety score.
does your score mean?
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Test Anxiety score (from Front).
does your test anxiety score mean?:
1.0—1.9 Comfortably low test anxiety
2.0—2.5 Normal or average test anxiety
2.5—2.9 High normal test anxiety
3.0—3.4 Moderately high (some items rated
3.5—3.9 High test anxiety (half or more of
the items rated 4=high)
4.0—5.0 Extremely high anxiety (items rated
4=high and 5=extreme)
We have found that students who score at least 3.0
or more on our scale (at least moderately high anxiety) tend to
benefit from anxiety reduction training, reporting lower anxiety and
improved test scores and class grades.
We recommend an accelerated test-anxiety reduction
training. See: TestAnxietyControl.com
The Westside scale picks up performance impairment
and intrusive worry:
Impairment (memory loss and poor cognitive
processing) — Items #1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10
Worry (catastrophizing) — Items #2, 3, 7, 9
Physiological symptoms — no items.
The scale is constructed to measure anxiety
impairments, with most items asking directly about performance
impairment or about worrying, which interferes with concentration.
Symptoms of physiological stress are found to be relatively weak
indicators of performance impairments, and are not included in the
The Westside Scale is found to be an highly
sensitive measure of anxiety impairment. See validation research
See American Test Anxieties Association:
for further information on test anxieties.
The Westside Test Anxiety Scale is a valid measure of test anxiety impairment. See: validation