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Dealing With Test Anxiety
Many students have some level of anxiety about testing .When this becomes excessive  you may have test anxiety
Test Taking Tips
Dealing With Test Anxiety
The "Art" of Test Taking

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How to Cope with Test Anxiety

Katherine M. Bennett

BETHESDA, MD. 01 February 2000—

Taking an exam, doesn't have to be a heart-stopping experience. The key to coping is to recognize that anxiety is a normal part of the test-taking experience—in fact, anxiety can work in your favor, boosting memory and augmenting your ability to think on your feet. 

There are a few tips, however, that can help you banish unnecessary stress on test day, including the following: 

Plan ahead: Check the date, time, and place of the exam. Mark your calendar and, if possible, find the location in advance. Make sure you understand the scope of the exam, the purpose of the test, the format of the test, and the materials (a calculator and no. 2 pencils, for example) you need to bring with you. 

Manage your time wisely: Plan your study schedule. Use your most productive time of day to study. Develop a time chart, and follow your progress. Think in small increments of time. Plan and organize small learning tasks that can occur in blocks of time. 

Use study aids: Define important terms, and create charts of questions to help you learn. Participate in study groups.  

Prepare for success: Review and summarize your notes the day before the test. Be sure to be well-fed and well rested as you go to your exam. Relax! After all, the test exists to help you advance professionally. 

If your anxiety on exam day is moderate, there are several relaxation techniques that are helpful in quelling that beast called anxiety. 

Physical relaxation is one technique. First, sit comfortably with both of your feet on the floor and your hands resting on your thighs. Release all your body tension, and close your eyes and count backward from 10 to 1. Count only on each exhalation, and breathe very deeply from the abdomen. (This technique is recommended by Heiman and Slomianko, Success in College and Beyond, Allston, MA: Learning to Learn Inc.; 1992.) 

Another physical technique is to clench your hands tightly for 5 to 10 seconds and then slowly relax your hands. Repeat this process throughout the muscles in your entire body. Complete your relaxation exercise by taking a deep breath and tensing your entire body, then relaxing it. 

Now that your body is relaxed, try to relax your mind as well. One popular technique is to imagine yourself in a peaceful setting. Picture a pleasing situation, whether that may be a favorite beach, in your backyard with the sun shining, or taking a walk in a park or along the lake. Summon those peaceful images when you are feeling particularly stressed. 

At all costs, avoid thoughts that generate fear. Do not focus on the negative consequences of the examination; instead, focus your thoughts on the positive outcomes. 

[Parts of the above news article were excerpted from Fjortoft NF. How to Take a Test. In: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review and Practice Exam. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 1998.]


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still the mark of an educated person . N.Cousins

You may be surprised to discover that successful test taking is a skill that can be learned. If a student does his or her part and prepares well he or she can get a better score if they know the art of test taking. Here are a few tips to assist you in becoming a successful test taker.

 Multiple Choice Questions

Read the question before you look at the answer
Read all the choices before choosing your answer

 Eliminate answers you know aren't right
Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.

 Usually your first choice is the right one, Don't keep on changing your answer

 In "All of the above" and "None of the above" choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don't choose "None of the above" or one of the statements are false don't choose "All of the above".

Qualifiers like "never, always, and every mean that the statement must be true all of the time. Usually these type of qualifiers lead to a false answer

Essay Tests

Budget your time

Make a short outline

 Read the directions carefully. Pay close attention to whether you are supposed to answer all the essays or only a specified amount (i.e. "Answer 2 out of the 3 questions).

Make sure that you understand what the question is asking you. If you're not sure , ask your instructor.

Make sure that you write down everything that is asked of you and more. The more details and facts that you write down, the higher your grade is going to be.

If you aren't sure about an exact date or number, use approximations i.e. "Approximately 5000" or "In the late 17th century."






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