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1 Managing Test Anxiety Before the test During the test After the test Prepared by Miriam Stroder

2 What is test anxiety? Test anxiety is the feeling of anxiousness that occurs before and during a test even after you have studied and prepared to the best of your ability. Test anxiety is common among college students. There are physical and emotional aspects There are steps you can take to alleviate the unpleasant aspects before, during, and after.

3 What can you do about test anxiety before and during the test? Relaxation techniques Study and prepare as much ahead of the test date as possible Improve your attitude toward test taking Take care of yourself Be organized with your study materials and your time

4 Relaxation techniques Before the test: While sitting in a chair or lying down, systematically tense and relax muscles. Whole body relaxation technique exercise instructions: During the test: Take deep breaths Talk positively to yourself (I can do this. Ill be o.k.) Practice negative thought stopping (Dont compare yourself to others. Dont entertain worries about how others expect you to perform on this test)

5 Study and prepare as much ahead of the test date as possible. Before the test: Learn & apply different study strategies from your studytool box. Change the strategies according to the purpose and demands of the subject and test. Study at least 2 hours for every hour that you are in class. Learn about your teachers teaching style and testing style. Think about the following: *What material is the teacher likely to put on the test? *What type of questions will there be? Predict questions. *Will there be formulas? *What percent of the final grade is this test worth? *Try to meet with the professor before the test date to ask any questions you may have.

6 Improve your attitude toward test taking Before and during the test: Dont base this test on past tests Just focus on doing your best Think of yourself in a positive manner Create a post – test treat for yourself After the test: Get that post – test treat you promised yourself Pat yourself on the back Practice relaxation techniques Think positive thoughts about all of your efforts Treat this test as a learning experience

7 Take care of yourself Before the test: Get enough sleep Eat balanced meals Avoid coffee and other caffeinated drinks before the test Exercise Get some personal down time Just before the test: Dont talk to friends about the test (their attitudes and fears could weigh you down)

8 Be organized with your study materials and your time Before the test: Keep your study paraphernalia organized Gather your test taking tools (pencils, paper, pens, etc…) Get to the test site a little early Choose a seat that is located where youll be distracted the least During the test: Pace yourself Immediately write down things that you are afraid youll forget Read the directions carefully Preview the test Essay questions: create a short outline Multiple choice questions: eliminate the obviously wrong answers then choose the answer that fits best Short answer: answer only what is asked (to the point) Focus only on the exam skip questions that you are not sure of. Mark them well and come back to them later Recheck your answers

9 References and Resources Devine, J., & Kylen, D. (1979). How to beat test anxiety and score higher on your exams. Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series, Inc. Mitchell, C. (1987). Math anxiety: What it is and what to do about it. Tempe, AZ: Action Press. Grand Valley State University, Laker Help Link. Dealing With Test Anxiety. Retrieved September 20, 2006, from Thomson Petersons Test Prep, Articles and resources. Dealing With Test Anxiety. Retrieved September 20, 2006, from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Academic Support Services. Tips for Success-Text Anxiety. Retrieved September 20, 2006, from University of Western Ontario, Student Development Centres Leaning Skills Services. Iamnext: academics. Study Skill: Managing Your Test Anxiety in College. Retrieved September 20, 2006, from University of Alabama, Center for Teaching and Learning. Dealing With Test Anxiety. Retrieved September 20, 2006, from


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