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Test Taking Strategies: Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety: Management Strategies

Tips for Handling Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is excessive stress that hinders a person’s ability to perform well before or during a test. Some suggestions for test preparation to reduce anxiety:

  • Approach the exam with confidence.
  • Be prepared!
  • Choose a comfortable location to take the test.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time
  • Avoid thinking you need to cram just before.
  • Strive for a relaxed state of concentration
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Do not go to the test with an empty something healthy.

Some suggestions for during the test to reduce anxiety:

  • Read the directions carefully
  • Budget your test taking time
  • Change your positions to help you relax
  • If you go blank, skip the question and go on
  • Don’t panic when other student’s start handing in their tests/exams. 
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