The Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale was initially created in 1996 based on a series of scale compilations and validation efforts. Over the past 25 years and more, the scale has been adapted to meet changes in theory and improve the psychometric value of the scale. The CTAS-2 is the most updated iteration of those changes (you can find the other scales on this website as well, or through our references) – and it is free and available for research use. The scale may be reproduced, offered online, and shared in any professional fashion with permission of the Author (Jerrell Cassady)- which is provided here for all in the field. The only condition for this granted use is that all publications and presentations of the scale provide appropriate citation. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jerrell Cassady at

A downloadable and printable version is attached for your convenience. You will see that all items are scored on a 4-point Likert-type response, and the total score for the CTAS-2 is generated by merely summing response values for those (“Not at all like me” = 1, “Very much like me” = 4). You will also see in the Thomas and Cassady article that there are “Severity Standards” validated for the CTAS-2, identifying Low, Moderate, and High Cognitive Test Anxiety (validated for a University population in that study).