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7 ways to relieve test anxiety

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Testing anxiety got you down? Experts agree that traditional students feel nervous before exams. However, for some it can be a debilitating factor that affects performance.

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Due to the factors surrounding anxiety related to testing, some experts feel that summative assessment is no longer a good measure of a students ability. Nevertheless, changing standards to all formative assessment doesn’t seem to be a priority for educators in the near future.

As individuals, students experience different forms and levels of testing anxiety. Symptoms can include shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, negative thinking, comparing yourself to other student in the class, and fear of forgetting all you studied.

Often times test anxiety is linked with procrastination, last minute cramming, and an overall lack of preparedness for the exam. These behaviors can lead to the brain disorganizing information, anxiety, and self-doubt.

Often the simplest way to ease test anxiety is with being prepared. Other times it is due to the pressure put on the student by themselves, a parent, or role-model that creates the fear.

Here are some tricks that an help ease that tension and increase performance on exams.

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