Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA)

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The instructors of COM 101 are aware that some students have anxiety about speaking in public. We are also aware that we can help if we know your specific concerns. Therefore, please respond to each of the items below honestly. The only person who will see the result will be the instructor of this section.

For each of the statements below, select the response that reflects your honest feelings.


  1. When participating in a conversation with a new acquaintance, or stranger, I feel very nervous.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  2. I have no fear of facing an audience, and I look forward to the opportunity to speak in public.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  3. I look forward to expressing my opinions at meetings.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  4. When communication with others, my posture feels strained and unnatural.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  5. Although I speak fluently with friends, I am at a loss for words when I am before a group to deliver a speech.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  6. My hands tremble when I handle objects on the platform or podium.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  7. I always avoid speaking in public, if possible.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  8. I feel I am more fluent when talking to people than most other people are.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  9. My thoughts become jumbled and confused when I speak before an audience.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  10. Although I am nervous just before getting up, I forget my fears and enjoy the experience once I begin speaking.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  11. Conversing with people who hold authority positions causes me to become fearful and tense.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  12. I feel self-conscious when I am called on to answer a question or give an opinion in class.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  13. I face the prospect of giving a speech with complete confidence.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  14. I would enjoy being a guest on a local television show.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  15. I shy away from speaking to professors after class and avoid office conferences.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  16. I feel apprehensive about giving speeches because I am certain other students will find my presentations of ideas poorly prepared.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  17. I am uneasy about small group or committee work and feel that I don't contribute my fair share in discussions.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  18. I become unusually upset-even physically ill-shake, or sweat when I give a speech.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  19. I have difficulty with shyness.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree

  20. I would appreciate special help in overcoming my fear of public speaking.
    A. strongly agree
    B. agree
    C. uncertain
    D. disagree
    E. strongly disagree
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