Causes of Test Anxiety

The causes of test anxiety are numerous and can be divided into three categories:

  • Organizational

  • Psychological

  • Behavioural

ORGANIZATIONAL
Sometimes, students feel nervous before a test as a result of poor organizational habits, which have compromised their ability to prepare effectively and develop confidence. The problems are usually evident in terms of poor time management and disorganized study spaces.

PSYCHOLOGICAL
Sometimes, students develop a lack of confidence based on past negative academic experience. The fear of failure and negative thinking cause them to worry about the future, and heighten the sense of psychological and societal pressure to perform well on the test.

BEHAVIOURAL
Sometimes, students simply get caught up with other activities and don't study enough! This is the result of a number of factors - delaying their studies, not acquiring the appropriate books and materials, hanging around with wrong friends, not getting enough sleep, eating unhealthy foods, or partying too much.

This can also include more serious problems such as drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. The last thing you want to do is study for the TOEFL with a hangover or while you're high!

Remember, no-one can make you do anything – you are responsible for creating a good life for yourself, whatever you define that to be. If that includes passing the TOEFL, then take the right actions and you will surely reach your goal.


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