Most students feel some nervousness or anxiety before taking a big test. To a certain extent, these feelings may improve performance because they help students stay focused. However, if these feelings become overwhelming and interfere with taking the test, the student may be suffering from test anxiety.
It’s estimated that 10– 40 percent of school-aged kids suffer from some test anxiety, which has far-reaching effects on their overall learning experience. Test anxiety can hit students at every grade—even those in kindergarten. In addition to potential sleep disruptions and other symptoms that can impact a student’s mental well-being, test anxiety can affect a student’s ability to recall information they know during the test, causing them to fail, which can ultimately lead to additional stress.
The end of the semester can be especially hard on students with test anxiety as high-stakes tests like final exams become a key focus. Students worrying about how much final exams count for in their overall grade or what happens if you fail your final exam are prone to their anxiety taking over, leading to poor performance.