Exam week can mean test anxiety

Andrew Deppen and Tess Lippincott – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With midterms approaching, the hours of studying and prepping have started. Along with the intense hours of prep, many Mustangs may experience test anxiety.

In one semester, lots of information is covered in all courses. Students must recall information from the beginning of the year until now in all seven classes.

For many Mustangs, this is extremely stressful and affects test performance.

“Test anxiety is more common than most may realize. According to the American Test Anxieties Association, about 16 to 20 percent of students have high test anxiety, with another 18 percent troubled by moderately high-test anxiety,” said LCSun News.

For some Mustangs, this is their last time taking high school midterms, but that does not mean they are any less anxious.

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Senior Erin-Elizabeth Purcell said, “I feel like as a senior the pressure is higher and I have more test anxiety. When you’re a senior if you get a B for the first semester then you are exempt from finals so I am working even harder than normal in order to achieve that outcome.”

Senior Simone Stokes added, “I have testing anxiety and I have always been able to get through it, but now as a senior on the brink of college and adult decisions I’m feeling more pressure to do well.”

Other Mustangs, such as juniors, are pressured due to it being the most important year for testing as colleges will be reflecting on midterms as well as finals.

Junior Alyssa Gonzalez said, “I personally get really bad test anxiety, even though I’m well informed on the course material.”

Text anxiety is a real issue that is taken lighter than it should be. It is important to acknowledge what all students experience to better prepare them for their tests.