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How serious is testing anxiety?

Everyone has at least gone through the fear of failure on a test that they don’t feel confident about. Test anxiety, is the condition where people experiences extreme distress and anxiety in a test.

According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), students around the world have reported to experience Physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional anxiety. The common physical symptoms are lightheadedness, rapid breathing, and headaches.

Testing anxiety has created the sensation of “butterflies” in the stomach. The cognitive and behavioral anxiety tends to cause fidgeting or avoidance of tests. Testing anxiety has gone as far as forcing students to drop out of class to avoid the test at all costs. Students often times refer to alcohol or medication to doll the fears of failing.

“Getting wrong answers bother the most,” said Brayan Campos. “Testing makes me feel worried because I’m timed when I’m testing.”

Emotional anxiety causes depression, loss of hope, low self esteem, and anger. The biggest cause for testing anxiety is being unprepared, fear of failure, and history of poor testing results.

According to verywellmind.com students are in situations before and during an exam “ the body releases a hormone called adrenaline. This helps prepare the body to deal with what is about to happen and is commonly referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response.” Typically, the response lead to staying and dealing or running from the situation. In many case the adrenaline helps ready your mind for future experiences. Usually that’s not the case for everyone, the adrenaline makes it impossible to focus on the test.

“Any test you take makes you nervous because you always worry about failing.” said Junior Elias Vargas.

The most effective ways to avoid anxiety on a test are getting enough sleep, taking deep breaths, being prepared, and avoiding the “perfectionist trap”. Getting enough sleep I love them I stay concentrated and keep focus. Being prepared gives you a confidence boost and makes you comfortable on the type of material that the test will be about. Taking deep breaths and allowing her lungs to receive oxygen will give you more concentration and calms you down.

If you see that none of these methods do not work for you, ask your counselor or physician to make an appointment.  Depending on the type of symptoms that one experiences, your physician can recommend cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, anti-anxiety medications. You can receive a combination of both if you would like to prevent the anxiety.