Test taking anxiety is a normal part of the test taking process. There can be different forms of test taking anxiety:
- Physical: Feeling a "knot" in your stomach, shaking hands, tense shoulders and neck, increased heart rate, dry mouth, or nausea
- Emotional: Fear, anxiety, or panic
- Cognitive: Problems with memory, attention, or focus
Techniques to deal with test taking anxiety.
- Pause and take some slow and deep breaths, focus on your breath as it enters and exits your body
- Tighten and relax muscle groups, starting from your feet and moving up to your neck and face
- Replace negative thoughts with constructive thoughts
- For example, "I will do badly on this test" could be changed to "I will do the best I can and if I get a low score, I will learn what I need to do to score better on my next try."