Assessing Your Communication Apprehension Level Name:____________________________________ Date:____________ McCroskey’s Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24) Directions: This instrument is composed of twenty-four statements concerning feelings about communicating with others. Work quickly, record your first impression. Please indicate in the space provided the degree to which each statement applies to you by marking: (1) STRONGLY AGREE. (2) AGREE. (3) ARE UNDECIDED. (4) DISAGREE. (5) STRONGLY DISAGREE. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. ___ ___ ___ ___ 10. 11. 12. 13. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. I dislike participating in group discussions. Generally, I am comfortable while participating in group discussions. I am tense and nervous while participating in group discussions. I like to get involved in group discussions. Engaging in a group discussion with new people makes me tense and nervous. I am calm and relaxed while participating in group discussions. Generally, I am nervous when I have to participate in a meeting Usually I am calm and relaxed while participating in a meeting. I am very calm and relaxed when I am called upon to express an opinion at a meeting. I am afraid to express myself at meetings. Communicating at meetings usually makes me uncomfortable. I am very relaxed when answering questions at a meeting. While participating in a conversation with a new acquaintance, I feel very nervous. I have no fear of speaking up in conversations. Ordinarily I am very tense and nervous in conversations. Ordinarily I am very calm and relaxed in conversations. While conversing with a new acquaintance, I feel very relaxed. I’m afraid to speak up in conversations. I have no fear of giving a speech. Certain parts of my body feel very tense and rigid while I am giving a speech. I feel very relaxed while giving a speech. My thoughts become confused and jumbled when I am giving a speech. I face the prospect of giving a speech with confidence. While giving a speech, I get so nervous I forget facts I really know. Scoring and Interpreting Your Scores Scoring: To compute your scores, please add or subtract your scores for each item as indicated below. (Please note that “18” is a constant, so all your subscores will be computed by starting with a total of “18” and adding to or subtracting from that.) Subscore (Context) Scoring Formula Group Discussions: 18 plus scores for items 2___, 4___, & 6___; minus(-) scores for items 1___, 3___, & 5___ = *____. Meetings: 18 plus scores for items 8___, 9___, & 12___; minus(-) scores for items 7___, 10___, & 11___ = *____. Interpersonal Conversations: 18 plus scores for items 14___, 16___, & 17___; minus(-) scores for items 13___, 15___, & 18___ = *____. Public Speaking: 18 plus scores for items 19___, 21___, & 23___; minus(-) scores for items 20___, 22___, & 24___ = *____. Overall: Add all four subscores: *Group Discussions + *Meetings + *Interpersonal Conversations + *Public Speaking =_____. Using the scoring formulas, please compute your five scores above and write them in the following chart under “YOUR SCORE.” YOUR PRCA SCORES CHART =============================================================== Overall & context YOUR SCORE “Checkmark” YOUR Level/Range Low Average High Group ____________ ____ _____ ____ Meetings ____________ ____ _____ ____ Interpersonal ____________ ____ _____ ____ Public Speaking ____________ ____ _____ ____ Overall ____________ ____ _____ ____ =============================================================== NOTE: To interpret your scores, you can compare your scores with the thousands of people who have also completed the PRCA-24 (see Norms Chart below). Norms Chart for the PRCA-24 =============================================================== Context Average Score Average Range High CA Scores Group 15.4 11-20 21+ Meetings 16.4 12-21 22+ Interpersonal 14.5 10-18 19+ Public Speaking 19.3 14-24 25+ Overall 65.6 50-80 81+ ________________________________________________________________________ Now return to the “Your PRCA Scores Chart” above and checkmark the level for each of your scores in comparison to the “Norms Chart.” This chart will give you a good assessment of your overall and context CA levels. If your overall CA score and/or context scores are in the HIGH CA range, you should discuss your scores with your instructor to get additional suggestions for reducing CA. Additionally, you should try to learn and practice Cognitive Restructuring Techniques (especially Positive Coping Statements) and Deep Abdominal Breathing Exercises. Adapted from: Dwyer, K.D. (2002). Public Speaking Workbook, 7th Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill Primis Custom.