If you are in high school, there is a good chance that you have felt defined by your GPA, ACT scores, numerical averages, test grades, or the number of AP courses you take. You may have felt inferior to a peer whose class rank is above yours.
For several days this month, one of the most emailed articles in the New York Times was "Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?" The article purports to explain why some children fold under the pressure of taking tests.
Many times students know the content on the test but are nervous due to test anxiety which finally affects their score. Test anxiety happens to almost everyone at least once or twice during their school years.