The Test Anxiety Inventory (TAI), a self-report psychometric scale, was developed to measure individual differences in test anxiety as a situation-specific trait. Based on a Likert Scale, the respondents are asked to report how frequently they experience specific symptoms of anxiety before, during and after examinations. In addition to measuring individual differences in anxiety proneness in test situations, the TAI subscales assess worry and emotionality as major components of test anxiety.
Copyright © 1980 by Charles D. Spielberger
Features of the TAI
Purpose: Measure test anxiety as a situation-specific personality trait
Length: 20 items
Average completion time: 8-10 minutes
Target population: Individuals in high school or older
Administration: For individual or group administration
Uses of the TAI
Based on a state-trait anxiety theory, this twenty-item scale labeled the "Test Attitude Inventory" yields scores for worry and emotionality.
Worry: cognitive concerns about consequences of failure.
Emotionality: reactions of the autonomic nervous system that are evoked by evaluative stress.
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