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School Anxiety Scale (SAS)

The Phillips School Anxiety Scale

School Anxiety Scale (SAS) was developed by the British psychotherapist Beeman N. Phillips in 1978 and is still actively used to determine the general level of school anxiety, as well as to study the degree of a child's experiences associated with different areas of school life.

The technique is designed to work with kids of primary and secondary school age, it is optimal for use for children aged 6-13.

School Anxiety test for children

School anxiety is a multifaceted concept that manifests itself in aggressive or overly shy behavior, stiffness in communicating with teachers and peers, lack of interest in studying, unwillingness to go to school, irritability, hypersensitivity to criticism.

An increased level of this indicator for a long period of time can lead to the development of serious psychological problems, therefore, timely diagnosis of school anxiety and, if necessary, specialist help are very important.


The Phillips method can be used both for an individual survey and for the study of anxiety in a group (classroom).

 It is better to immediately give the answer to which the child is initially inclined. It is also necessary to explain to the children that they need to answer on their own, there are no only correct or completely incorrect answers in the test.

Note this test is intended strictly for informational and educational purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision.

1. Is it difficult for you to keep up with the whole class?
2. Are you worried when a teacher says that he is going to check your knowledge of the material?
3. Is it difficult for you to work in the class the way the teacher wants it?
4. Do you sometimes dream that the teacher is furious that you do not know the lesson?
5. Has anyone in your class ever hit you?
6. Do you often wish the teacher would slow down until you understand what she is saying better?
7. Are you anxious when answering or completing an assignment?
8. Does it happen to you that you are afraid to speak out in class because you are afraid to make a stupid mistake?
9. Do your knees tremble when you are called to answer?
10. Do your classmates often laugh at you?
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