Test Anxiety Reduction
PSYCHOLOGICAL SIGNS OF TEST ANXIETY
- Mentally blanking out during the test
- Racing thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Negative thoughts about, past performance, consequences of failure, how everyone else
Knowing the answers after the test, but not while taking it.
PHYSICAL SIGNS OF TEST ANXIETY
- Feeling lightheaded or faint
- Dry Mouth
- Increased breathing rate
- Fast heartbeat
- Tense muscles
TEST ANXIETY REDUCTION CHECKLIST:
- Know the reporting location of your exam. Check it out the day before.
- Make sure you have your photo ID (driver’s license or passport).
- Show up on time or early. If you are late, you may not be admitted to the test.
- Get a good night’s rest before the exam.
- Have a light breakfast before a morning exam, not heavy, greasy meal that makes you
- Don’t drink too much coffee or soda – you don’t want to have to have to run to the
restroom during the test.
- Don’t take any prohibited items, such as cell phones, notes, books, laptops. Check
what you can & can’t have in the testing room with you.
- Check frequently that you are marking your answers in the right place on the answer
- On most exams there is no penalty for guessing so don’t be afraid to guess intelligently.
Rule out the answers you know are wrong and guess from the remaining options.