A recent study found that 10 percent of British children suffer from math anxiety.
This means they have overwhelming negative emotions towards the subject, ranging from rage to despair.
Other emotions triggered by math include feelings of tension and frustration.
Physical symptoms include a racing heart or struggling to catch breath.
The phenomenon of math anxiety is characterized as a general sense of feeling that the subject is hard compared with other subjects leading to a subsequent lack or loss of confidence.
Researchers said they investigated individuals' attitudes towards mathematics because of what could be referred to as a mathematics crisis in the UK.
There's a widespread misunderstanding that only low performing children suffer from math anxiety.
People automatically assume children are anxious about math because they are poor achievers.
In fact, more than three quarters of children with high levels of math anxiety are normal to high achievers.
Probably their math anxiety will go unnoticed because their performance is good.
But in the long term their performance is negatively affected.
So the real danger here is that children who will completely able to do math at a normal level may keep away from it because they feel anxious.
Math anxiety can severely disrupt students'performance in the subject in both primary and secondary school.
But importantly—and surprisingly—this new study suggests that the majority of students experiencing math anxiety have normal to high math ability.
Questions 16 to 18 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Question 16: What did a recent study find about some British children?
Question 17: What is the widespread misunderstanding about math anxiety?
Question 18: What does the passage say about British students with math anxiety?