There is so much that can cause stress when you are in college, from getting good grades to making the right connections. However, test anxiety is an increasing issue with people of all ages, even children in elementary school. There is just so much pressure on kids to be smart and get the best grades so they can get into the best college for the best job. Everyone wants to be the best. With all of this pressure on you every day, it is no wonder there are so many students with test anxiety.
What Is Test Anxiety?
Test anxiety is actually one of the most common scholastic impairment in schools today. In fact, approximately 20% of students have severe test anxiety and 18% have moderately high-test anxiety. That means almost half of all students suffer from at least a moderate form of test anxiety. This type of anxiety creates poor study habits, increased anxiety in other areas of life (such as social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder), and is responsible for lower grades for these students across all different subjects. Test anxiety is even thought to be a precursor for student drug and alcohol abuse.
Symptoms of Test Anxiety
It is natural to be nervous about taking a test, especially if it is a really important one such as the ACT or SAT test. In fact, being nervous before a test can actually be good because it gives you the focus you may need to concentrate on what you need to learn. But test anxiety is a more serious form of stress like performance anxiety that can cause extreme nervousness, rapid heart rate, headache, and even dizziness. Some of the other symptoms include:
- Shaking or trembling
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Sweating more than usual
- Fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Inability to concentrate or make decisions
- Memory lapses
- Vision disturbances
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Confusion or blank feeling
- Random thoughts or ideas
- Feeling like a failure
- Panic attack (rapid heartrate, hyperventilating, chest pain, fainting)
If you are having these feelings when you think about taking a test, you need to talk to someone about it. A counseling session can be a grade-saver and can almost immediately make you feel better. And you do not even have to search for a counselor and make an appointment. With online anxiety counseling, you can talk to a professional within minutes and do not even have to leave your house or dorm room.
In fact, you can get online counseling no matter where you are. Anytime, day or night, you can text, chat, email, or even Facetime or Skype with a counselor whenever the mood hits you. If your counselor is not available at that moment, they will get back with you within a short time. And at least you are able to communicate those feelings right when you feel them rather than setting an appointment and waiting weeks, or even months, to see someone. Of course, studying with others and remembering that you do not have to be perfect are also good things to recall as well. But, if you are really stressing out, send a message to an online counselor right now.
About the author
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.