Test Anxiety

As many as 20% of students may suffer from a test anxiety that significantly affects their grades and their quality of life. Here are some clues to detect if this is a problem for you, and some strategies for dealing with it.

How do I know if I have Test Anxiety?

Some signs of test anxiety include:

  • Nervousness.
  • Despite good preparation for an exam, the grade is lower than it should be.
  • Upset or tight stomach.
  • Cold or sweaty hands.
  • Headaches.
  • Insomnia.
  • Forgetfulness during the test, only to remember it immediately afterwards.
  • Overanalyzing.
  • Careless errors.
  • Feeling especially miserable around midterms and finals.

How can I deal with Test Anxiety?

  • Stop studying an hour or so before the test and relax.
  • Immediately before your test, STAY AWAY from other students, especially nervous ones. Anxiety and group paranoia is highly contagious.
  • Arrive early. Showing up late for a test is really bad form. And you're already stressed from being late.
  • Have all the supplies you need. Some things frequently needed and forgotten include:
    • #2 pencils (more than one!)
    • calculator
    • colored pencils, pens, or highlighters
    • blue book(s)
    • extra blank paper
    • books or notes, if an open-book or open-note test

Sit where your view of other students is minimal. If seeing others complete their tests before you, try to find a place where you will be less likely to see people turning in their tests. This will reduce your anxiety level. Students suffering from serious anxiety should contact Health and Wellness for further help and information.