A little anxiety before a test improves your concentration and alertness. Excessive worry, however, can lower your test scores.
Having test anxiety is like not having the password to your computer. The information is there, you just can’t get to it.
To reduce test anxiety, study enough to feel confident that you know the material. Then try to replace the thoughts that are worry and negative thinking with thoughts that are positive and relaxing.
Reduce Test Anxiety:
- Start studying early. Cramming only increases test anxiety.
- Mentally practice going through the test. See yourself taking the test, answering the questions correctly, and getting the grade you want.
- Try a relaxation technique.
- Take a deep breath. Then slowly release your breath, along with any tension. Repeat.
- Starting at the top of your head, flex, and then relax. Repeat moving down to each part of your body.
- Think of a place where you feel relaxed and calm. Close your eyes and visualize being in that place.