Top Five Reasons Test Takers Suffer From Performance Anxiety

Unrealistic Expectations

Often, test takers put a lot of stress on themselves to do well because of unrealistic expectations. “I don’t want to rely my parents to drive me anymore so I got to pass this test.” “If I don’t pass, I’ll have to wait forever before I can take it again.” “Everyone will laugh at me if I fail.” “If I fail, I will never be able to get to work.” It’s easy when you’re studying to think of all the worst outcomes that can happen as a result of you failing, but to help manage anxiety it’s important not to succumb to these fearful imagined scenarios. If you’re really worrying about what will happen if you fail, write out what would be the worst outcomes and then write ways to overcome those hindrances.

by Abby on July 30, 2015

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