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Am I Able to Reduce Test Anxiety?
By: Jane Saeman
Many students experience some level of anxiousness during a test. Nevertheless, it can be a drawback and result in reduced test
scores when anxiety begins to influence exam performance.
There is an assortment of causes of test anxiety the most common being not having prepared properly and/or cramming for the test
the night before. This is typically because of bad time management, not being organized and, of course, poor study habits.
A number of students also are bothered about how they did on past exams, how they are doing compared with their peers and other
students in the class and the negative consequences of failing the test.
There are actually physical signs of test anxiety during an exam just as in any other demanding situation. Some of the more
pronounced symptoms include sweaty palms, perspiration, upset stomach, elevated heart rate, headaches and general tenseness in
When a pupil has test anxiety, they become nervous which makes the reading and understanding of the questions on the exam
more demanding. They have trouble keeping their thoughts structured, remembering concepts and key words when answering
essay questions and end up doing poorly on the test even when they knew the material. Some students have mental blocking and
go blank on some of the questions but then recall the correct answers when the test is over.
There are a few ways to reduce exam anxiety. You need to study and know the material well enough so that you can remember it
even if you are under stress. You can't be lazy and have to learn how to practice good time management. Putting off and wasting
time day-dreaming while trying to study are two main causes of test anxiety as the student isn't appropriately prepared.
You can build confidence by studying throughout the week/month/quarter/semester/year and avoid cramming the night before the
exam. Thinking up questions from your textbooks and lecture notes helps you to con