Test anxiety is actually a type of performance anxiety – a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure’s on to do well. For example, a person might experience performance anxiety when he or she is about to audition for a play or sports team, perform in front of others, or even going into an important meeting or interview.
Research has found both biofeedback and neurofeedback are a highly effective, safe, non-invasive way to calm the neurological and physiological systems down and relieve the feelings of anxiety. With most anxiety, high beta waves, the real fast waves, are dominating and the mind is operating at an extreme pace, with fear, worry and obsessive thoughts being in control. Beta brain waves activate all systems and can demand and use large amounts of energy and physical resources, resulting in exhaustion, mentally and physically. With biofeedback and neurofeedback you teach the brain self regulation and create a more balanced state in the central and autonomous nervous system.
Like other situation in which a person might feel performance anxiety, test anxiety can bring on that feeling of “butterflies” in your stomach, or tension headaches. Some people might feel shaky, sweaty, or feel their heart beating quickly as they wait for the test to be given out. A student with really strong test anxiety may even feel like he or she might throw up or pass out.
Test anxiety is not the same as doing poorly on a certain test because your mind is on something else. Most people know that having other things on their minds – such as a break up or death in the family – can also interfere with their concentration and prevent them from doing their best on a test.