Test anxiety can be extremely frustrating. Often the person has studied, knows the content for the test, but then wants to do such a good job that they get overwhelmed and don't perform as well as they should have. Often, we are trying to differentiate between a learning disability and test anxiety to see if this is due to difficulties with abilities, or whether it's anxiety. Often, kids, teens, and adults with test anxiety are able to do well with their work, but in a testing situation, their performance drops. Sometimes perfectionism stresses the person out so much they don't even do the work, or take so long doing the work that they are miserable. Many with test anxiety start to feel anxious, think, "oh no, this is really bad, I'm not going to do well", and their anxiety spirals, and affects the way they perform on tests.
Symptoms of Test Anxiety:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is very effective in treating test anxiety. The person learns how to manage their physiological reactions, refocus their attention, and use cognitive techniques to build their confidence and decrease the pressure. With help, test anxiety can be overcome so that you can perform up to your potential.
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