According to Wikipedia, “test anxiety is a combination of perceived physiological overarousal, feelings of worry and dread, self-deprecating thoughts, tension, and somatic symptoms that occur during test situations. It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test.
“These responses can drastically hinder an individual’s ability to perform well and negatively affects their social, emotional and behavioral development and feelings about themselves and school. Test anxiety is prevalent among the student populations of the world.”
Mental distractions and mental blocks.
Have a lot of negative thoughts about failing or not performing well on the test.
Worry excessively, which interferes with your ability to do well.
Have trouble concentrating and be distracted by noise.
Have trouble remembering what you studied.
Be unable to think effectively about the task.
Be unable to keep your mind on the test.
Be worried about other people scoring higher than you and think that you are not smart enough.
You may have physical reactions such as:
Butterflies in your stomach
Quickened heart rate
These symptoms may prevent you from thinking clearly or concentrating on the test.
Test anxiety can be caused by pressure from self or others, past experiences or fear of failure. Those who suffer from it also may feel that they need to achieve a “perfect” score in order to be accepted or feel loved by their parents.