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Test Anxiety



What Type of Test Anxiety Do You Have?
  • Lack of preparation
  • Overreacting / panicking during the test
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Before the Test:
  • 14 tips to preparation
Day of the Test:
  • 6 pre-test helpful hints
During the Test:
  • Keep your anxiety in check
After the Test:
  • Evaluation of your success

What Type of Test Anxiety Do You Have?

  • Lack of preparation
    • This can be overcome with good study habits.
    • Consider attending a study skills workshop or stop by the Career and Counseling Center for some helpful tips on studying.
  • Overreacting / panicking during the test
    • If it's this form there are steps which can be taken to help you overcome the effects.

Before the Test

  • Preparation
  • No cramming, usually ineffective.
    • May also cause anxiety and will impair your ability to concentrate.
  • Review all the information (books, notes, anything from class)
  • Ask yourself questions
  • Use flash cards
  • Change the way you think about studying and grades; they are not a measure of your self-worth
  • Eliminate negative self-talk
  • Plan ways to improve your studying.
    • Look at the results as a measure.
  • Develop reasonable expectations
  • "Mens sana in corpora sana"...a healthy mind in a healthy body
  • Take care of your basic needs
  • Don't abuse foods or beverages.
    • The result you hope to achieve may actually work in reverse
  • Study in short periods of time
  • Rest the night before the test so you will be fully alert


Day of the Test

  • Eat a sensible breakfast
  • Relax the hour before the exam
  • Arrive at the classroom early, but don't stay there
  • Avoid "Stress Carriers", those people who can cause you additional stress
  • Bring a "Stress Saver" with you (book, music, magazine, newspaper)
  • Use physical relaxation

During the Test

  • Check your internal state before you begin the test (How do I feel? Do I feel anxious? Am I tense anywhere?)
  • Use positive self-talk to keep you focused on doing well on the exam
  • Review the test before starting to know how to budget your time
  • Wear your watch
  • Don't get stuck, if need be skip a question and go on to the next one
  • Ask questions if you are unsure what is being asked
  • If worse comes to worse, use any LEGAL trick to distract you!


After the Test

  • Reward yourself whether you did well or not!
  • Review your study plan to see where it needs to be altered
  • Evaluate your anxiety during the test so you can make adjustments

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