It's normal to feel a little nervous and stressed before a test. Just about everyone does. And a touch of nervous anticipation can help you get revved and keep you on your toes while you're taking the test. However, for some people, this normal anxiety is more intense. The nervousness they feel before a test can be so strong that it interferes with their concentration or performance. Some students experience mainly physical symptoms like headaches, nausea, faintness, feeling too hot or too cold, etc. Others experience more emotional symptoms such as crying easily, feeling irritable, or getting frustrated quickly. The problem with feeling nervous for a test is its effect on thinking ability. It can cause you to blank out, or have racing thoughts that you can't control.
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