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Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety is when a student excessively worries about doing well on a test.  This can become a major barrier to performing well on tests and cause extreme nervousness.

The following is a list of tips and strategies that can be useful in reducing test anxiety:

*Being well prepared for the test.  This is the best way to reduce test anxiety.

*Space out studying over several days before the test and continually review class material.  Don't cram only the night before.

*Keep a positive attitude while preparing for the test and while taking the test.

*Exercising regularly helps reduce stress.

*Get a good night's sleep before the test.

*Make sure you arrive to class early.  This allows you to not worry about being late and allows you to ask any questions before the test for clarification.

*Chew gum (if allowed) during the test.

*Stay relaxed.  If you start to get nervous, take a few deep breaths to relieve the tension.

*Read the directions slowly and carefully.  If you don't understand the directions or something on the test, ask the teacher to explain it to you.

*Skim through the test so you can figure out how best to pace yourself.

*Write down important formulas, facts, definitions, keywords in the margin first so you won't forget them.

*Do the simple questions first to help build up your confidence for the harder questions.

*Don't worry about how fast other people finish the test, concentrate on your own test.

*If you don't know the answer to a question, skip it and come back to it later.  Sometimes a question later in the test will help you answer the one you skipped.  Remember that you don't have to get every question correct to still do well on the test.

*Don't let your mind wander.

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