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Have you ever drawn a complete blank when answering a test question for material you studied and know? As a nursing instructor, I would often have students come to my office and tearfully described how anxiety prevented them from recalling what they had studied and learned on a test. I would then explain it is normal to have some degree of anxiety with testing. However, there are students who experience extreme anxiety that actually prevents them from performing well. This article will explore test anxiety and provide tips for reducing stress before, during and after exams.