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The Trauma of Taking Tests

Your head is beginning to throb. Your breathing is becoming shallow. Your blood pressure has gone up. The palms of your hands are beginning to sweat. You feel a tightness in your chest. And your stomach sounds like a garbage disposal. Are you having a heart attack, a stroke or worse?

The answer to this question is "no." You're simply about to take a test!

Test taking affects people in many different ways. There are those who eagerly await a test because it's a challenge and they have a very competitive spirit. Conversely, there are many who would rather undergo a root canal than take a test. Somewhere between these two extremes is where most of us find ourselves at test time.

Let's "traumatize" you by presenting you with the following short quiz to determine your attitude and feelings regarding testing.