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Anxiety and Test Performace

  1. Apr 16, 2015 #1
    Hello, has anyone here had anxiety issues when taking tests before and noticed a difference in performance after taking medication? I have pretty bad anxiety before my exams, and find myself making very little mistakes that still show I understand the material. For example, when asked to complete a reaction in my organic chemistry class, I did it successfully but did not draw the carbon that my atom was suppose to substitute in for. I find this in my physics class where I would go for a complex solution to a question and provide the teacher difficulty with following my answers thus losing points. I know the material, I am sure of it as well, but can't help making very poor mistakes when taking exams. Any advice? I have not yet tried medication.
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  3. Apr 16, 2015 #2


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    If your anxiety is significant enough that it requires medication to deal with it, you need advice from a medical professional, not an internet forum.
  4. Apr 16, 2015 #3

    Although I agree with your statement, a doctor will not be able to describe the experience and results of taking such sort of medication. I am not looking for a prescription or advice, just whether or not someone has noticed improvement in their test scores after taking anxiety pills. I am sure my doctor will give them to me and offer her "advice" (reason to give her money), only because she is inept and just wants her money.
  5. Apr 17, 2015 #4


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    If you are in the US, and have been examined by a medical professional for these issues, you may be able to get accommodation from your college/university for them, via extra time for exams, etc. I suggest you find out about your college/university's policy on "academic accommodations". These are required by US federal law.
  6. Apr 17, 2015 #5
    Definitely look into what Jtbell said. There is a person in my class that gets extra time in another room to take his exams (I believe double time).

    I don't know if this will work for you. But I started just bringing a little trinket in my pocket because I went through a spell where I was getting really hot and sweaty during tests, heh. Whenever I'd feel myself getting a bit jumpy I'd just kind of touch the outside of my pocket where it was, and take a few breaths. Seemed to help a bit. I seem to of gotten over these spells though.

    Never though about medication though. I used to take something before I would visit the dentist and it just never seemed to work for me. So I don't really go for drugs when I'm feeling anxious or nervous.
  7. Apr 20, 2015 #6
    I use medication for test anxiety. Yes I noticed a significant difference in my test scores (Low C's to mid range B's and up). Not sure what you would like to know, but just ask.
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