Test anxiety is a psychological condition where people experience extreme distress and anxiety in a testing situation.
While many students feel some degree of stress before or during exams, test anxiety can actually impair learning and hurt test performance—too much stress can make it difficult to process information and make connections while you study, which could make it difficult to concentrate and remember information during the test.
In this section, we'll talk about how to recognize and deal with test anxiety so you can find success here at Sheridan!
Are you curious to know more about your own test anxiety?
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Test anxiety symptoms can vary between students and range from mild to severe. Some students might experience only mild symptoms of test anxiety and still do fairly well on their tests.
Other students are nearly incapacitated by their anxiety and perform terribly on tests despite knowing the course material—some could even experience panic attacks before or during exams.
Here are a few test anxiety symptoms to watch for in yourself:
Keep in mind that everyone is different and you might experience test anxiety in a completely different way than one of your friends or peers.
For many students, test anxiety can happen due to a combination of things—poor study habits, poor performance on previous tests, and an underlying anxiety problem can all contribute to test anxiety.
A few potential causes can include:
Learning strategies for better test preparation (i.e. using this module!) is a great first step to reduce your test anxiety.
Finding good stress-management techniques are also crucial for improving mindset and reducing stress and anxiety. If you haven't already, please visit our Mindset Matters module to learn more.
Other techniques you can try include:
If you’re having difficulties managing stress, adjusting to college, or feeling sad and hopeless, please reach out to the Counselling Services team on Sheridan Central.
Sessions are free and confidential.