Communication Apprehension Quiz

Instructions:  Here are twenty-four statements that ask how you feel about communicating.  Don’t worry if some statements seem similar to other statements.  In the space to the left of each item rate the extent to which the statement describes you.  Record your first impressions without analyzing the statements closely.  Use the following scale: 

1 = Strongly agree—it describes me

2 = Agree – it describes me

3 = Undecided how well this describes me

4 = Disagree that this describes me

5 = Strongly disagree that this statement describes me

 

  _______1.       I dislike participating in group discussions.

  _______2.       Generally, I am comfortable while participating in group discussions.

  _______3.       I am tense and nervous while participating in group discussions.

  _______4.       I like to get involved in group discussions.

  _______5.       Engaging in group discussions with new people makes me tense and nervous.

  _______6.       I am calm and relaxed while I participate in group discussions.

  _______7.       Generally, I am nervous when I have to participate in a meeting.

  _______8.       Usually, I am calm and relaxed while participating in meetings.

  _______9.       I am calm and relaxed when I am called on to express an opinion at a meeting.

_______10.       I am afraid to express myself at meetings.

_______11.       Communicating at meetings usually makes me uncomfortable.

_______12.       I am relaxed when answering questions at a meeting.

_______13.       While participating in a conversation with a new acquaintance, I feel nervous.

_______14.       I have no fear of speaking up in conversation.

_______15.       Ordinarily, I am tense and nervous in conversations.

_______16.       Ordinarily, I am calm and relaxed in conversations.

_______17.       While conversing with a new acquaintance, I feel relaxed.

_______18.       I’m afraid to speak up in conversations.

_______19.       I have no fear of giving a speech.

_______20.       Certain parts of my body feel tense and rigid while giving a speech.

_______21.       I feel relaxed while giving a speech.

_______22.       My thoughts become confused and jumbled when I am giving a speech.

_______23.       I face the prospect of giving a speech with confidence.

_______24.       While giving a speech I get so nervous I forget facts I really know.


Computing your score:
  This test allows you to calculate your overall communication apprehension score and your communication apprehension scores for particular speaking situations.

 

Group Score:

Add scores for items 2,4, and 6. 

Subtract scores for items 1,3, and 5.

Add 18 points _________________.

 

Meeting Score:

Add scores for items 8,9, and 12.

Subtract scores for items 7,10, and 11.

Add 18 points __________________.

 

Dyad Score:

Add scores for items 14,16,and 17.

Subtract scores for items 13,15, and 18.

Add 18 points __________________.

 

Public Speaking Score:

Add scores for items 19, 21,and 23.

Subtract scores for items 20,22, and 24.

Add 18 points __________________.

 

Total

Add the four sub scores together.

Total Communication Apprehension Score ____________________

 

The overall scores may range from 24 to 120 (If your score is higher than 120 or less than 24, you calculated incorrectly).

            Scores of 83 or more indicate relatively high communication apprehension.  People who score in this range tend to talk little, be shy, and are somewhat withdrawn and nervous in speaking situations.

            Scores of 55 or less indicate relatively low communication apprehension.  People who score in this range tend to enjoy being with others, like to talk, and feel confident of their communication ability.