If you’re like most
4th year vet students
, you’re probably nervous about the upcoming NAVLE
… and that’s okay! Having a small amount of test anxiety is a good thing, because it will motivate you to study and prepare, ensuring that you do your best.
For some students, however, test anxiety can actually hurt their performance on high-stakes exams. This anxiety, often caused by fear of failure, can lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral/cognitive symptoms,
(1) all of which can interfere with optimal test performance.
So, what can you do to overcome test anxiety? There are actually a number of different strategies that you can use before and during the NAVLE
® to control your anxiety and help you perform your best.