Maths Anxiety Quiz

Maths Anxiety Quiz

The twenty items below are about maths and your feelings when you have to do each one of these things.
I would like you to consider to each item and then decide how anxious that situation makes you feel.

1 = never anxious
2 = sometimes anxious
3 = often anxious
4 = always anxious
Score each item from 1-4

  • Working out the tip for the waiter in a restaurant
  • Working out the prices of things when you are abroad
  • Checking the cost of your shopping
  • Working out 20% off in a sale
  • Checking your change when shopping
  • Working out the cost of a holiday
  • Adding the four prices..£5.99 + £10.99 + £19.99 + £3.95 on a mail order form
  • Reading a train timetable
  • Working out your weekly budget
  • Checking which mobile phone deal is the best value
  • Converting your weight in stones to kilograms
  • Having to recall a maths fact quickly (such as 6 x 9
  • Understanding the odds for a bet on the Grand National
  • Writing a cheque
  • Checking the VAT amount on a builder’s bill
  • Working out your pay rise when you are told it will be 3.25%
  • Checking your credit card bill
  • Working out how much weed killer you need to use in a 5 litre sprayer
  • Remembering your maths lessons at school

Total your score. What do you have?

To compare your score:

Three hundred adults, aged from 20 to 69, from around England filled in the questionnaire.
The scores were not significantly different for either age or sex.
The average score was 34.

If you scored 60 or more then you would be in the top 3.3% for anxiety

The top 8 items for creating anxiety were:

  • Changing stones to kilograms
  • Understanding the odds for a bet on the Grand National
  • Remembering your maths lessons at school
  • Working out your pay rise when you are told it will be 3.25%
  • Working out the prices of things when you are abroad
  • Checking the VAT amount on a Builder’s bill
  • Checking which mobile phone deal is the best value
  • Working out how much weed killer you need to use in a 5 litre sprayer

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