Dream: I fail a test or perform poorly

Description: You arrive late at the test room, after the test has begun, or you are unable to find the test room, or are handed a test for which you are completely unprepared or cannot finish in time. An alternate version would find you in a play, musical performance or sporting event in which you have forgotten your lines or music, are missing needed equipment, or simply don't know what to do.

Frequency: This is a fairly common nightmare, even for those long graduated from school. It typically occurs when you are feeling "tested" in waking life.

Usual meaning: You feel unprepared for something, that you will "never make the grade," or are playing the wrong part in your waking life.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Where do you feel tested or judged now in your waking life?
  • Who is assessing you?
  • What can you do to better prepare?
  • How can you relax and handle things successfully?
  • If you are in the wrong place or don't know your lines in a performance, ask yourself:
    • What do you need to change in your waking behavior?
    • What do you need to learn in order to improve or change roles?
    • What are you missing to perform well?
    • Where do you feel deficient?
    • How can you restore your confidence in your ability?