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Anxiety Test

A classic tool for measuring anxiety is the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). The BAI takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and has repeatedly been shown to have high validity and high internal consistency.

Are you anxious according to the Beck Anxiety Inventory? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 21

My heart is often racing or pounding.


The IDRlabs Beck Anxiety Test (IDR-BAT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-BAT is based on the work of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. and his colleagues, who created the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). The IDR-BAT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides feedback such as the following: Your answers indicate that you are not suffering from significant anxiety. Since your anxiety level is only minimal, the restlessness that you usually experience falls within the normal range. There may be times when you worry, feel nervous, experience adrenalin rushes and/or rapid heartbeats, and exhibit other physical symptoms, but these generally happen only when there are potentially harmful or upsetting triggers. It must be noted that anxiety is necessary for survival as a part of the fight or flight response.

Your answers indicate a moderate degree of anxiety. Individuals with moderate anxiety may sometimes experience distress from restlessness, irritability, worry, sleeping difficulties, sensitivity, sweating, and other symptoms. Despite these disturbing feelings and thoughts, you can still process information and come up with solutions. However, it will be helpful for you to slow down and perhaps seek professional help, as you may tend to feel on edge for several days.

Your answers indicate a severe degree of anxiety. Individuals with severe anxiety may frequently experience distress from restlessness, irritability, worry, sleeping difficulties, sensitivity, sweating, and other symptoms. It is generally challenging to process information, come up with solutions, make rational decisions, and learn new things. It will be helpful to slow down and seek professional help due to the debilitating symptoms.

The IDRlabs Beck Anxiety Test was informed by the BAI’s criteria for anxiety, as published in Beck, A. T., Epstein, N., Brown, G., Steer, R. A. (1988). An inventory for measuring clinical anxiety: Psychometric properties. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 893-897. Toledano-Toledano, F., Moral de la Rubia, J., Domínguez-Guedea, M. T., Nabors, L. A., Barcelata-Eguiarte, B. E., Rocha-Pérez, E., Luna, D., Leyva-López, A., & Rivera-Rivera, L. (2020). Validity and Reliability of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) for Family Caregivers of Children with Cancer. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(21), 7765. Fydrich, T., Dowdall, D., & Chambless, D. L. (1992). Reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 6(1), 55–61.

The work of Dr. Beck and his colleagues has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the BAI, for clinical use, especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Anxiety Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Anxiety Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of anxiety. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential condition. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online anxiety test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present anxiety test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Beck Anxiety Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of M.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating anxiety as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.