At some point in your academic career, you are likely to experience test anxiety. Below are some tips for reducing feelings of panic and anxiety and improving your testing performance:
Dealing with the Fear Response:
It’s normal to connect a feeling of fear with an event. To deal with your fear, sometimes it helps to practice being in the testing situation.
- Practice your relaxed breathing.
- Make a list of three events that cause fear when you are taking a test and then rank these events from what causes the most fear down to what causes the least fear.
- Practice relaxed breathing.
- Imagine event #3. If you feel fearful, turn off the mental picture and go back to breathing.
- Once you’ve successfully pictured Event #3 without panic, move on to the next item.
By repeatedly putting yourself in the testing position and experiencing a comfortable feeling, you are desensitizing yourself to those bad feelings.
10 Test Taking Tips
- Mark and return to more difficult questions. Don’t waste time and increase your anxiety.
- Allow more time for questions worth more points
- Break down difficult questions into manageable parts and rephrase them in your own words.
- Beware of absolute terms (e.g., always, never, every).
- Eliminate obviously wrong choices, then eliminate implausible or unlikely choices
- Start with the easiest question. Be sure to get those points.
- Briefly outline the major points you want to discuss before writing your essay.
- Use facts and specific examples to support your answers.
- Try substituting one of the middle range responses for the unknown in the problem.
- Simple numbers can sometimes be substituted for more complex ones to give an indication of a “ballpark” answer