Test for Evaluation of Fear of Public Speaking (PRPSA)

Directions: Below are 34 statements that people sometimes make about themselves. Please indicate whether or not you believe each statement applies to you by marking whether you:

Strongly Disagree = 1  

Disagree = 2

Neutral = 3

Agree = 

Strongly Agree = 5

  • 1. While preparing for giving a speech, I feel tense and nervous.

    1 / 34

  • 2. I feel tense when I see the words “speech” and “public speech” on a course outline when studying.

    2 / 34

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

    3 / 34

  • 4. Right after giving a speech I feel that I have had a pleasant experience.

    4 / 34

  • 5. I get anxious when I think about a speech coming up.

    5 / 34

  • 6. I have no fear of giving a speech.

    6 / 34

  • 7. Although I am nervous just before starting a speech, I soon settle down after starting and feel calm and comfortable.

    7 / 34

  • 8. I look forward to giving a speech.

    8 / 34

  • 9. When the instructor announces a speaking assignment in class, I can feel myself getting tense.

    9 / 34

  • 10. My hands tremble when I am giving a speech.

    10 / 34

  • 11. I feel relaxed while giving a speech.

    11 / 34

  • 12. I enjoy preparing for a speech.

    12 / 34

  • 13. I am in constant fear of forgetting what I prepared to say.

    13 / 34

  • 14. I get anxious if someone asks me something about my topic that I don’t know.

    14 / 34

  • 15. I face the prospect of giving a speech with confidence.

    15 / 34

  • 16. I feel that I am in complete possession of myself while giving a speech.

    16 / 34

  • 17. My mind is clear when giving a speech.

    17 / 34

  • 18. I do not dread giving a speech.

    18 / 34

  • 19. I perspire just before starting a speech.

    19 / 34

  • 20. My heart beats very fast just as I start a speech.

    20 / 34

  • 21. I experience considerable anxiety while sitting in the room just before my speech starts.

    21 / 34

  • 22. Certain parts of my body feel very tense and rigid while giving a speech.

    22 / 34

  • 23. Realizing that only a little time remains in a speech makes me very tense and anxious.

    23 / 34

  • 24. While giving a speech, I know I can control my feelings of tension and stress.

    24 / 34

  • 25. I breathe faster just before starting a speech.

    25 / 34

  • 26. I feel comfortable and relaxed in the hour or so just before giving a speech.

    26 / 34

  • 27. I do poorer on speeches because I am anxious.

    27 / 34

  • 28. I feel anxious when the teacher announces the date of a speaking assignment.

    28 / 34

  • 29. When I make a mistake while giving a speech, I find it hard to concentrate on the parts that follow.

    29 / 34

  • 30. During an important speech I experience a feeling of helplessness building up inside me.

    30 / 34

  • 31. I have trouble falling asleep the night before a speech.

    31 / 34

  • 32. My heart beats very fast while I present a speech.

    32 / 34

  • 33. I feel anxious while waiting to give my speech.

    33 / 34

  • 34. While giving a speech, I get so nervous I forget facts I really know.

    34 / 34

  • Go to result...

    Your score should be between 34 and 170. If your score is below 34 or above 170, you have made a mistake in computing the score.