Test Anxiety

What is test anxiety?

Initial Release Date: 17-12-2017

Last Updated: 17-12-2017

“Test anxiety is a combination of physiological over-arousal, tension and somatic symptoms, along with worry, dread, fear of failure, and catastrophizing, that occur before or during test situations.”

What Is Test Anxiety

As a human, we would start schooling at six or seven depends on the education system. Tests and exams are not preventable as a student. In some cases, exams may determine our future study or life pathway. At end of the day, test anxiety is prevalent amongst the students regardless of age, gender.

Test anxiety may happen before or during the test; symptoms include increased HR (Heart Rate), restlessness, having a trouble with sleep, over-alert and so on.

In addition, test anxiety consists of:

  1. Physiological overarousal – physical discomfort depends on individuals, such as a headache, nausea, aches.
  2. Dread – fear of not pass, lack of confidence
  3. Cognitive – Having trouble of focus on exam, mind-blank, lack of organisation
  4. Emotional – Depression, anger.

Why Do You Sweat

Test anxiety (Not the anxiety disorder) actually helps us with dealing with threats. Physically, the body may start hyperventilating to import more oxygen into the system, divert blood to muscles. As a result, body temperature may increase; the body may start to sweat to cool down.

Something You May Not Know

Some test anxiety is normal and may be helpful to stay alert during exams or test.


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