Utah State University Logo

Academic Resource Center

21Oct2014

Christmas Toy-Drive for CAPSA

Non-Trad Connections Class is having a toy and clothing…

21Oct2014

Enchanted Modernities - Mysticism, Landscape & the American West

Caine College of the Arts and the Leverhulme Trust…

21Oct2014

USU Department of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition

This exhibit features Mike Daines and will be displayed…

21Oct2014

A+T=I2

Held in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall, Artist Plus Teacher…

21Oct2014

BRIDGES

Building Relationships in Diversity Groups: Exploration…

More events

CONNECT WITH US

Blogger Facebook Twitter You Tube RSS

Causes of Test Anxiety


In addition to lack of preparation, some of the major causes of test anxiety include:

expectations or pressure from others “I'll lose my scholarship.” “I can't let my parents down.” “I must have a 3.8 g.p.a. to get into graduate school.”
past experience with tests “I never do well no matter how much I study.” “I've flunked other tests.” “I'm lousy at essay exams.”
fear of failing “If I don't do well, I'll flunk the course, not get into my major, not graduate from college, never get a good job…”

 

Tests and grades are challenging realities for college students. It is important to do well to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. However, it is important to understand that it is not the test situations themselves that create anxiety. It is how you interpret what tests mean that create your anxiety. Students often interpret test situations in extreme or negative ways, which increases their anxiety and results in poor test performance.

You can manage test anxiety using a variety of stress management techniques. Click on Techniques for Managing Test Anxiety to learn and practice these techniques.