Test anxiety is essentially an anxious or overwhelming feeling of not being able to perform up to your abilities on a test. Symptoms are both physical and psychological. They can include, but are not limited to, worrisome thoughts, racing heart, sweating, mirgraines and rapid breathing.
Coping With Test Anxiety
The key to dealing with test anxiety is to develop coping skills before or, at the very least, as the symptoms occur.
Before the Exam
1. Study well ahead of time so that you are prepared.
2. Don’t cram.
3. Get enough sleep.
4. Eat a healthy snack or meal.
During the Exam
1. Read each question slowly.
2. If you begin to feel anxious: Stop, close your eyes, breath, and relax.
3. Don’t pay attention to other students in the room.
4. Wear ear plugs if you are easily distracted.
5. Use all of the allotted time to complete the exam.
For additinal help, contact the Counseling and Career Planning Center.