Causes of Test Anxiety

Causes of Anxiety

Bad experiences with science and math beginning in elementary school are the leading cause of academic anxiety. Check out these flashbacks:

  • Difficulty memorizing multiplication tables
  • Problem understanding chemistry symbols
  • Failure to complete a math problem at the blackboard
  • Classmates finishing problems faster than you
  • Teacher saying, “You’re just not good in science or math”
  • Being called stupid or punished for not understanding

These experiences can become deeply rooted and form the basis of anxiety. Every time you open a science or math book to do homework or sit for a test, you replay those memories and believe you are not good in the subject. If you believe that you are not good in science or math, you probably will not do well.

Activity: Complete the self-report of math experiences