Whether you are in college or are taking tests for medical school, law school, your permit test, or any other test, it is typical to experience anxiety. The more important the test, the more the pressure is on us. It is important to tell yourself that you are doing the best that you can and to stay healthy so that you have the energy to study and pass for your test.
We could be experiencing test anxiety for many reasons like a fear of failure. When someone fails a test, they see this as a reflection of themselves as failures. This could be a test that impacts their future and may be down on themselves if they do not get the results they are seeking. Another could be that they did not have time to study whether they have family obligations or work responsibilities. By waiting until the last minute to study, they may feel like there is no way they will be able to pass this test this way. Someone with test anxiety could also feel like because they have had bad experiences with test in the past, this time will be no different.
Physical symptoms of anxiety are no different than typical anxiety such as headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat, and feeling faint. It is also possible to experience a panic attack where you feel like you are unable to breathe or having a heart attack. There is also the emotional anxiety of it all such as feeling anger or helplessness as well as comparing yourself to others taking the same test.
To better treat test anxiety, you should first be prepared by studying at least a week or two before the exam in smaller increments over a few days instead of pulling all-nighters. Make yourself a practice exam using the same time constraints to better prepare yourself. Keep a positive attitude by telling yourself how many hours you have studied and knowing everything that you are expected to know. If you are trying your best, you have not done anything wrong. You should also concentrate on your own test and not think about the people who finish before you. Just because something takes you longer to do does not mean that you are doing it wrong. By believing in yourself and knowing you did everything you could, you will overcome your test anxiety.
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