When you sit down to take a test, have you ever had a sinking feeling in your stomach? Not because you didn’t eat, or ate too much before, but because there’s that something in your conscious that reminds you that you aren’t going to test well?
You remember all of the hard work you’ve put in to feel confident up until the moment you sit for the test. The late-night studying and practice questions you completed. The flashcards you drilled and the practice tests you did several times over just to make sure. You feel there wasn’t a single thing more you could have done to prepare and just last night you felt confident you knew all of the material inside and out. You may even be so bold as to say that you could take the test with your eyes closed.
For some reason when you walk into the test center and begin setting up your desk, a rain cloud starts to cast over you. And the moment comes when the test is being handed to you, so it begins to pour.
Or maybe this doesn’t sound like you at all. Instead you feel READY. You feel so confident, it’s like you drank five cups of coffee and absolutely nothing could stop you from doing well. You are bouncing out of your seat, READY. So when the test comes, you are still bouncing out of your seat to the point you can’t even focus. You know that you can answer every question, but only if your body would slow down so that you could actually do it.
If this sounds like a situation you have been in, you are likely experiencing test anxiety. And you are not alone. Test anxiety comes in various forms, but no matter the level of anxiety a student or test taker may feel, it’s important to know that it is more common than you might think. It’s even more important to know that it’s okay, and most important to know that there are simple solutions to dealing with and even conquering it.