2 Test Anxiety Sound Like You? You’ve participated in class, done all of your homework, studied hard, and you think you have a grip on the material. BUT - then the day of the test comes. Suddenly, you blank out, freeze up, zone out, or feel so nervous that you can’t get it togetherto respond to those questions you knew theanswers to just last night.
3 Test Anxiety Technical Definition A psychological condition in which a person experiences distress before, during, or after an exam or other assessment to such an extent that this anxiety causes poor performance or interferes with normal learning.
4 Test AnxietyWhat Is It?A type of performance anxiety - a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure is on to do wellIT IS NOT THE SAME AS: doing poorly on a test because your mind was on something else
5 Test Anxiety Symptoms Physical: 1. headaches, 2. nausea and/or diarrhea,3. extreme body temperature changes,4. excessive sweating,5. shortness or breath,6. light-headedness or fainting,7. rapid heart beat,8. dry mouth
6 Test Anxiety Symptoms Emotional: 1. excessive feelings of fear, 2. disappointment,3. anger,4. depression,5. uncontrollable crying or laughing,6. feelings of helplessness
8 Test Anxiety Symptoms Cognitive: 1. racing thoughts, 2. 'going blank', 3. difficulty concentrating,4. negative self-talk,5. feelings of dread,6. comparing yourself to others,7. difficulty organizing your thoughts.
9 Test Anxiety What Causes It? All anxiety is a reaction to anticipating something stressful - stated in other words, distress caused by fearWhen you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone adrenaline - which prepares the body for danger“Fight or Flight”This is what causes the physical symptomsFocusing on the bad things that could happen“What if I forget everything?“What if I throw up?”Inevitably creates a vicious circle
10 Test Anxiety Who’s Likely To Have It? People who worry a lot PerfectionistsBoth worriers and perfectionists possess traits that make it difficult to accept mistakes they might make OR to get anything less than a perfect scorePeople who aren’t prepared but still care about doing well
11 Test Anxiety What Can You Do? Use a little stress to your advantage Ask for helpBE PREPAREDSpread out studying over a few days or weeksTry to maintain a positive attitudeExercising may help reduce stressGet a good night’s sleepShow up to class early so you won’t worry about additional, preventable things like being lateConcentrate on own test, not how fast others are going
12 Test Anxiety What Can You Do? Stay relaxed - take breaks during test if neededRead all directions slowly and carefullyIf you don’t understand something, ask the teacherDo a quick skim through the test so you get an idea of how to pace yourselfWrite down important formulas, definitions, keywords, etc. in the margin first so you won’t worry about forgetting themDo simple questions first - build confidenceFocus on question at hand, don’t mind wander