Studies have shown the educational and academic impact it has on students
Of students today report having some level of test anxiety, while 18% report having high test anxiety.
Anxiety during an exam is caused due to a number of reasons. From lack of preparedness, to overthinking and lack of confidence (and more), these all factor into why a student may panic when being tested on a subject. Anxiety often causes a student to perform lower than expected due to the overwhelming pressure and "freezing up" during a test.
Statistics on Anxiety During Exams
96% of Students in the study "Different Test Emotions Experienced in Exam Contexts" reported to have experienced anxiety throughout the start, middle, and end of an exam.
Anxiety is a key emotional experience, however it is not the only relevant human emotion in testing situations. The account of emotions during an exam that range towards feelings of anxiety may put the subject at risk of misinterpreting reality. As shown in the graph, there are multiple subdivisions within anxiety that affect the human mind's interpretation of its surroundings.
THE IMPACT OF THE HUMAN MIND: MALE vs. FEMALE
Who Is At a Greater Risk?
Womengenerally experience a higher risk of anxiety when it comes to testing. This is because although males do worry, females are susceptible to higher levels of emotionality.
Emotionality relates to the cognitive factors involved with stress and anxiety.
The cognitive factors are crucial for producing higher levels of anxiety within students.
What are some factors that cause test anxiety?
High expectation of success
Rivalry among classmates or colleagues
Structure and content of the exam
Feelings of constant unpreparedness
Each of these individual factors are potential anxiety provoking reasons to students. Within an educational setting, test anxiety not only diminishes one's performance, but also their retainment capability of the information.
Test anxiety affects numerous amounts of students ranging from secondary school to post graduate school. Statistics have shown that testing anxiety is complex to each individual, and has multiple aspects that affect the emotionality and cognitive parts of the human conscious.