Test Anxiety

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 is doing
    Knowing the answers after the test, but not while taking it.

PHYSICAL SIGNS OF TEST ANXIETY

  • Nausea
  • Feeling lightheaded or faint
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • 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 sleepy.
  • 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 sheet.
  • 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.

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