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November 21, 2013
You can almost feel it in the air. No, not winter or the upcoming holidays -- Finals Week!
Students who have been attending class, taking good notes, keeping up with the required readings and studiously studying may still struggle when final exams come around. Not because they don’t know the material, but rather because they are challenged by test anxiety.
Sometimes it is hard to know if it is general nervousness or test anxiety getting the best of you when it comes to exam time. One way to tell the difference is to trace it back and determine how well you prepared for the exam and knew the content. If you headed into the test feeling nervous and regretting you didn’t study more or wishing you would have come to class more often, it is more likely you are fighting a case of regret rather than test anxiety. If you felt well prepared for the exam and still did poorly, perhaps it is an issue of test anxiety. Another tell-tale sign is if after the exam you can easily recall the answers that were escaping you during the exam.
Test anxiety occurs when feelings of anxiety interfere with one’s ability to recall previously learned information during a testing situation. In other words, you "forget" or "blank out" what you've previously learned and thus do poorly on a test.
As you begin to head into Finals Week, take note of some great tips that can help you tackle any question.
Lastly, if test anxiety has been a struggle for you all semester and you have tried a number of these tips already, consider seeking test taking accommodation through Resources for Disabled Students and Learning Assistance Consultation through the CSU Health Network Counseling Services.