Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is a feeling of agitation or distress before, during or after an exam. Regarding tests, many of us experience physical or mental reactions such as feeling "butterflies in your stomach," an instant headache or sweaty palms.

It is normal (and can be useful!) to feel some anxiety before a test. Still, too much anxiety may be harmful to your exam performance.

What can you do about test anxiety?

A mind is a powerful tool that may work either for or against you. An attitude adjustment can help manage test anxiety. Developing a positive mindset, visualizing success, preparing and practicing will help. Start by preparing before, during and after an exam.

Additional resources:

Contact one of the MCC Counselors directly, as needed to do additional work on managing test anxiety or visit one of the following:

Source: Adapted from: California Polytechnic State University