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Taking the Test - Tips on Getting Past Test Anxiety and Through It

For a lot of students just getting DONE on time is a struggle. There is no magic to working faster. Each of us has to work at our individual speed and only a long course of speed practice will make that working rate increase. If in general you struggle with time in test situations make sure you've studied very well first, then follow these tips during the test. Keep these things in mind:

Time Management - For a lot of students just getting DONE on time is a struggle. There is no magic to working faster. Each of us has to work at our individual speed and only a long course of speed practice will make that working rate increase. If in general you struggle with time in test situations make sure you've studied very well first, then follow these tips during the test. Keep these things in mind:

- Bring a watch. The wall clock may not be working, it might not be where you can look at it casually, or 20 other little problems -- and you need to keep track!
- Look over the test BEFORE YOU START and settle on a schedule for yourself. If there are essay questions and multiple choice questions give yourself more time for the essays. Leave 5 or 10 minutes at the end for 'go-backs' and looking over your answers Before writing the essays, take the time to write a quick but organized outline of each essay. Use the margin of the test itself, or the cover of the blue book. Seriously now - WRITE IT DOWN!
- If you have a multiple choice test, don't spend too much time on any one questions. If there's anything you don't know, skip it and go back to it later. Your "backburner" memory may kick in and cause you to remember.

Relieving Test Taking Anxiety - Nervousness can actually help. It can keep you focused and alert -- up to a point. In fact, being excited is completely necessary to doing your very best. But you need to keep it from getting out of hand.

- Stretching. Stop every few minutes and stretch your neck, hand, legs - wherever you feel tension. It is worth the 30 seconds to FEEL better!
- Don't watch the other students. Writing continuously doesn't mean a good score. DEFINITELY finishing early means nothing about the grade. Just do your test at your pace.
- Focus on the questions before you, not that running script of worry in your head. No, this test is NOT the end of the world, probably not even the end of your grade in the class. CERTAINLY it only measures what you know about the subject today, NOT if you are a good and valuable PERSON or anything else important. Worry some other time, ANSWER now.
- Deep Breathing. Every time you turn a page - take three DEEP calming breaths. Amazing how much this helps!

Sad but true - that was it! You can only do what you can only do. Turn in the best paper you can - and move on to the NEXT thing. Good Luck!