TEST ANXIETY Actually, a certain amount of anxiety is useful and appropriate before a test. Even though a student has kept up with assignments, studied regularly, and is prepared for a test, it is still reasonable that the student may feel some anxiety. The feeling is likely to keep the student sharp and attentive during the test situation. People in many occupations, such as actors, speak of a sense of jitters before a key performance. And their ability to overcome this momentary uneasiness signals that they are professionals and on top of their game. However, if anxiety is so great that it affects a student physically and hinders the ability to perform on a test, then it might warrant professional attention. Someone who has kept up with assignments, distributed study time, and has shown that he or she knows the material, by perhaps accurately describing a chemical reaction to a classmate or correctly solving a math problem when in the library, might have a serious anxiety disorder.
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