September 28, 2015

FAQ About Test Anxiety

What causes text anxiety?

Test anxiety is often the result of procrastination or a lack of sufficient preparation. It can also occur due to past bad experiences with formal testing situations. If you have not spent enough time studying and are afraid you do not know the materials well enough to pass the test or if you have not done well on previous similar tests, you might experience test anxiety.

Are there different kinds of test anxiety?

Test anxiety falls into two categories: anticipatory anxiety and situational anxiety. With anticipatory test anxiety, you feel anxious and upset about your upcoming test, often dwelling on imagined scenarios about what could go wrong. With situational test anxiety, you begin to experience mental and physical discomfort when you actually sit down to take the test. Although the two main types of test anxiety have similar symptoms, they occur at different times. Both can be counteracted through preparation, effective studying, and relaxation techniques.

What are the symptoms of test anxiety?

Test anxiety can manifest as both mental distraction and physical discomfort. Mentally, test anxiety causes an inability to focus, an inability to recall material, or a flood of negative thoughts and feelings about the test. Physically, test anxiety can cause nausea, cramps, headaches, overall tension, and rapid breathing and heart rate.

How can test anxiety be managed?

Anticipatory test anxiety is best managed by focusing on efficient study. Studying every day according to a set plan will help you gain confidence in your knowledge of the test material. Situational test anxiety can be alleviated through stress management techniques such as controlled breathing, the use of mantras, or stretching.