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Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS)

The Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS) is a measure to capture the psychological reactivity, negative cognitions, avoidance behaviors, and anxiety experienced when presented with a math stimuli. The scale has 9 items representing the two sub-dimensions of learning math anxiety and math evaluation anxiety.

Categories

Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. Having to use the tables in the back of a math book.
2. Thinking about an upcoming math test 1 day before.
3. Watching a teacher work an algebraic equation on the blackboard.
4. Taking an examination in a math course.
5. Being given a homework assignment of many difficult problems that is due the next class meeting.
6. Listening to a lecture in math class.
7. Listening to another student explain a math formula.
8. Being given a “pop” quiz in math class.
9. Starting a new chapter in a math book.

Response Options:
Low anxiety - 1
High anxiety - 5

Scoring Procedures

Total score represents the sum of the nine measure items.

Original Citation

Hopko, D. R., Mahadevan, R., Bare, R. L., & Junt, M. K. (2003). The Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (AMAS): Construction, validity, and reliability. Assessment, 10(2), 178-182. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191103010002008

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