Have you ever felt before an exam or a test that you can`t remember any names, dates, figures that you diligently studied throughout your coursework? Your mind becomes blank, you can`t gather your thoughts, you experience nausea, your legs are shaking, and all you want to do is run away? Or maybe you felt so terrified before an exam that you couldn’t study properly or revise ISACA CISM?
If you answered `Yes` to one or more of the above questions you might be suffering from exam phobia, defined as irrational, overwhelming, excessive and uncontrollable fear or dislike of exams.
Everyone get nervous before or during exams. While experiencing fear can be a positive thing as it can motivate you to harder work, phobia on the other hand is an amplified terror that has a negative impact on your life. Phobia makes your life very difficult as you do everything to avoid or if it`s not possible `survive with tremendous pain` the feared situation. In this state you can’t access your full potential and achieve the results you deserve.
Exam phobia is very similar to a fear of public speaking.
So how can you recognise phobia? What is the meaning of phobia? Can you cure exam phobia?
Let`s say you are a good student who has been studying diligently throughout the year. You are ambitious, you know that this exam is important, you want to pass. There maybe also pressure from your parents who want you (that is their beloved child) to be the best. You want to be the best too, and you don’t want to disappoint your parents. Before the exam you experience physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach cramps or diarrhea. You may not be able to eat or you eat too much. You start to wonder whether you are good enough to pass this exam. Your confidence goes down. You start to believe you may fail. You imagine all the negative consequences. You become nervous. You feel overwhelmed. You feel down. You start sweating or maybe experience headaches. You begin to wonder whether there is a point in revising if you are going to fail anyway.