Oxford Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Stressed About Exams?

Are you or is your child stressed about exams or tests? University students and Secondary School pupils have a series of exams, tests or finals, usually grouped closely together and sometimes re-takes of tests that have already been taken. The individual often has a punishing schedule of revision, followed by exams, which can lead to exam or test stress.

What is Exam or Test Stress? - Exam or test stress is excessive pressure or other demand placed such as deadlines for course work and the individual’s reaction or response. Stress if left unchecked can lead to illness.


How Does Exam Anxiety Arise?

Test Anxiety can come from any number of avenues, including:

  • Themselves
  • Self set targets
  • Comparison to others
  • Members of the family
  • People in school or University such as teachers or peers




What are the signs of Exam Stress or Test Anxiety?

If you or your child or student identify with any or several of the following signs and symptoms, you may benefit from seeking support:

  • High emotions - Short fuse, prone to lose temper, intolerance (increased shouting, swearing).
  • Problems with crying
  • Feelings of inadequacy, negative or low self-esteem, low self-self confidence
  • Decreased sleep or increased sleeping
  • Fidgeting, picking, nail-biting
  • Physical symptoms – increased heart rate, sweating, feeling sick
  • Relationship problems – no communication, closing off, abuse
  • Disorganisation, indecisiveness, confusion

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Exam Stress or Test Anxiety?

Oxford Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has presented talks for educators, pupils and alumni.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Exam or Test Stress is a talking therapy which helps individuals develop; practical ways to stop procrastination, positive visualisation, relaxation techniques, and feel more confident with the way they approach a test or exam situation.
Contact us to book a session of CBT treatment for Exam Stress or Test Anxiety.