child in school

It's normal to feel a little nervous and stressed before a test. Just about everyone does. And a little nervous anticipation can actually help you do better on a test.  But for some people, test anxiety is more intense. The nervousness they feel before a test can be so strong that it interferes with their concentration or performance.Test anxiety is actually a type of performance anxiety — a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure's on to do well. Here's how our Guest Author described the situation for her. A BC or D I looked down at the test and I freeze I feel as if my minds going in 15 million directions as I look up and I hear the sound the clock tick-tock Time is running out my body begins to sweat and my mind begins to shiver as I'm just staring at the test thinking I have no mercy . That's the life of a college student with testing anxiety and that has always been a part of my life from the time I was in third grade I believe is when my journey with testing anxiety begin.   I was always an overachiever from a very age and I was always a child that loved school I've always made it a point to always make sure I had gotten A's and B's sometimes a ''C'' if it was in math but other than that I made sure that I was on the honor roll and studied for all my test . Although due to my Cerebral palsy I was placed in special education classes from kindergarten to about the 2nd grade as my special education teacher Mrs. A saw that I was  ''gifted''.     So during my IEP meeting which is an individual education plan for students with special needs that attend mainstream school my parents and the staff decided it would be best for me to go into regular classes since I was able to handle the workload just like any other student I just had to have my work in moderation So say for example if the class had an assignment where they had to answer 25 questions I would only have to answer 10 at a time etc. fast forward to 3rd-grade year I was doing very well had gotten straight A's and B's and sometimes a '' C'' in math. but other than that I was fitting in had a great year overall although I was becoming more anxious as I had to prepare for the F .C. A. T which stands for Florida comprehensive assessment test. The F.C.A.T was mandatory to take for students that were in mainstream classes and throughout the year I had prepared for it as much as I could Take many practice test logged on to F.C.A.T explorer practice my math and Reading as much as I could do the worksheets my teacher sent home overall I was able to complete those assignments no problem but when it came to the day of testing I was nervous and I didn't have the right testing accommodations  and it got a bit overwhelming for me and I wined up doing poorly on the FCAT and I wind up being held back a year despite my good grades and being successful in mainstream classes I still had to repeat a whole year which was completely unfair this lowered my self-esteem this made me think twice whether I was going to be able to be successful in school in my many years to come I suffered from testing anxiety whenever my teachers would mention a test I would freeze sometimes I would even cry they said I had a pop quiz because I was in fear of constant failing and it wasn't until 10th grade when I got diagnosed with ''Testing Anxiety ''and I have always dealt with the struggle even now while in college where think back to the time where I was the little 3rd grader who loved reading Flat Stanley and captain underpants who got held back because she failed the F.C.A.T now being online college student I tend to have to take it a day but it's not easy at times as I feel like my mind is glitched when I have a panic attack and think back to that time in the 3rd grade I just remember to take my time most of the time what I do is when I have tested is put on some headphones and jam out to Blake Shelton music so it makes me forget about why I'm having a panic attack and it makes taking test easier

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Checkbox GDPR is required


I agree

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.