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This dream dictionary will help in translating the dream language. It is 'Jungian' based and focuses on the best possible applications of the dream images and actions in relationship to the emotional energies found in dreams. It references the symbolic and metaphorical value of the images/actions that are representative of the personal and universal/archetypal emotional patterns that are the subject matter in our dreams.
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Test Dreams

"I Failed The Test"

Taking an exam in your dream implies that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some area of your waking life. As with most common dream themes, dreams about taking a test have to do with anxiety. In such dreams, you may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test, that the test is in some foreign language or that your pencil keeps breaking during the test. Perhaps time is running out and you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time. Or perhaps, you arrive late and miss the exam altogether. These factors all result in you failing the dream test. 

Taking a test implies being unprepared:

To dream that you are taking a test suggests that you feel unprepared for some challenge in your waking life. You may even be harboring some guilt because you did not prepare enough for a school exam, meeting, business proposal, or some project. Perhaps you have been procrastinating on a task and waited until the last minute to cram it all in.

Taking a test implies fear of failing:

Sometimes you may be overly anxious about a real life exam, interview, etc. You always think of the worse case scenario. As a result, such anxiety could manifest into a dream where you fail a test. Most of the time, though, people who have such dreams are unlikely to fail a test in real life.

Taking a test implies lack of confidence:

Failing a test in your dream says a lot about your self-esteem and confidence or the lack of. You tend to sell yourself short and overly worry about not making the grade or that you are not measuring up to other people's expectations of you.  You may even be described as a people pleaser because you don't want to let others down. You always second-guess yourself and fear not being accepted or not being good enough. 

By failing the dream test, you may be expressing a desire to hold yourself back. Perhaps you are not mentally ready to move forward to the next level.

Taking a test implies setting your goals too high:

If you set your goals too high, you may also experience a test taking dream. The dream may be telling you that you are setting yourself up for failure because you have set unrealistic goals for yourself. 

Taking a test implies being scrutinized:

Test dreams are also an indication that you are being judged. These dreams serve as a signal for you to examine an aspect of yourself that you may have been neglecting and need to pay more attention to. 


In order to better understand your test taking dream, identify what aspect of your waking life is giving you a lot of anxiety or making you feel inadequate. It is also important to keep in mind that dreams about taking a test are usually never about the content of the test. It is more about the process and about the feelings you experience while taking the test.