One problem that college students frequently face when they are in college is test anxiety. All students experience at least some nervousness as they take tests, but some students become so worried about preparing for tests, reviewing for tests, and taking tests that it greatly affects their performance in studying for an exam and test taking. Test anxiety causes many to ‘blank out,’ become unable to think clearly or remember the correct answers to test questions. That’s even when they’ve properly prepared for their university exam.
Symptoms of anxiety before a university examination can include sleeplessness, irritability, and loss of appetite. While taking a practice exam or during the test itself you might feel confused and panicked with rapid breathing, perspiration, chills, and numbness. After the test you may get feelings of hopelessness, indifference, anger, and guilt. You may look to blame something or someone else for your difficulties (Bourne, 2005).
Anxiety is created in part by genetic predispositions, but it is also brought on by situations that create stress. It is important to realize that anxiety is not only a negative emotion. Anxiety is important for doing well on exams. Too little anxiety results in a lack of motivation. But too