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Illinois Self Evaluation Questionnaire

By analysing your responses to a series of statements about how you feel before a competitive situation it is possible to determine your level of anxiety and self-confidence. A test that provides such functionality is the Illinois Self Evaluation Questionnaire (ISEQ) (Martens et al. 1990)[1]

Required Resources

To undertake this test, you will require:

  • Questionnaire (see below)
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

  • The assistant explains the test protocol to the athlete:
    • Read each statement below, decide how you feel now about the forthcoming competition and respond with "Not at all", "Somewhat", "Moderately so" or "Very much so".
  • The athlete responds to the 27 questions on the questionnaire below - no time limit
  • The assistant determines and records the athlete's psychological anxiety, physiological anxiety and self-confidence scores.


How I feel now Question
I am concerned about this competition
I feel nervous
I feel at ease
I have self-doubts
I feel jittery
I feel comfortable
I am concerned that I may not do as well as I could
My body feels tense
I feel self-confident
I am concerned about losing
I feel tense in my stomach
I feel secure
I am concerned about choking under pressure
My body feels relaxed
I am confident I can meet the challenge
I am concerned about performing poorly
My heart is racing
I am confident about performing well
I am concerned about reaching my goal
I feel my stomach sinking
I feel mentally relaxed
I am concerned that others will be disappointed with my performance
My hands are clammy
I am confident because I mentally picture myself reaching my goal
I am concerned I will not be able to concentrate
My body feels tight
I am confident of coming through under pressure


Select the "Analyse" button to obtain the scores.

Your Psychological Anxiety score is:  
  Your Physiological Anxiety score is:  
  Your Self-Confidence score is:

The test can be repeated by selecting the "Reset" button.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Target Group

This test is suitable for anyone but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.


  • No equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • More than one athlete can conduct the test at the same time
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • Assistant required to administer the test


  1. MARTENS, R. et al. (1990) Competitive Anxiety in Sport. Leeds: Human Kinetics

Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • JONES, G. and BIDDLE, S. J. H. (1995) Competitive anxiety in sport. European perspectives on exercise and sport psychology., p. 128-153
  • RAGLIN, J. S. and HANIN, Y. L. (2000) Competitive anxiety
  • FLETCHER, D. and HANTON, S. (2001) The relationship between psychological skills usage and competitive anxiety responses. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2 (2), p. 89-101

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work, then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2001) Illinois Self Evaluation Questionnaire [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

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