Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is serious obstacle to performing well on an exam. Here are some helpful tips from the University of Buffalo Counseling Services

Most students experience some level of anxiety during an exam. However, when anxiety begins to affect exam performance it has become a problem.

What Causes Test Anxiety
  • Lack of preparation as indicated by:
    • cramming the night before the exam.
    • poor time management.
    • failure t organize text information.
    • poor study habits.

  • Worrying about the following:
    • past performance on exams.
    • how friends and other students are doing.
    • the negative consequences of failure.

Physical Signs of Test Anxiety
  • During an exam, as in any stressful situations, a student may experience any of the following bodily changes:

    • perspiration
    • sweaty palms
    • headache
    • upset stomach
    • rapid heart beat
    • tense muscles

Effects of Test Anxiety
  • Nervousness:
    • Having difficulty reading and understanding the questions on the exam paper.
    • Having difficulty organizing your thoughts.
    • Having difficulty retrieving key words and concepts when answering essay questions.
    • Doing poorly on an exam even though you know the material.

  • Mental Blocking:
    • Going blank on questions.
    • Remembering the correct answers as soon as the exam is over.

How to Reduce Test Anxiety
  • Study and know the material well enough s that you can recall it even if you are under stress.
  • Learn and practice good time management and avoid:
    • laziness
    • procrastination
    • day dreaming
    • Build confidence by studying throughout the semester and avoid cramming the night before the exam.

  • Learn to concentrate on the material you are studying by:
    • generating questions from your textbooks and lecture notes.
    • focusing on key words, concepts and examples in your textbooks and lecture notes.
    • making charts and outlines which organize the information in your notes and textbooks.

  • Use relaxation techniques, for example, taking long deep breaths t relax the body and reduce stress.

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