Overcoming Test Anxiety

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The Scream

Finals are upon you …

Tips for Combating Test Anxiety:

1. Be prepared – study over a few days or weeks time rather than pulling an all-nighter.

2. Practice good test taking skills

  • read the directions fully and carefully
  • answer the simple questions first then go back and complete the more difficult ones
  • if you can’t answer a question, skip it and come back to it later
  • for essay questions – start with an outline
  • note formulas in the margins so you won’t forget them

3. Think positive thoughts

4. Stay focused on the exam – don’t let yourself be distracted by others around you

5. Try to relax

  • practice deep breathing if you need to
  • chew gum, if allowed
  • make an effort to relax your muscles one at a time

6. Stay Healthy (exercise, sleep, eat nutritiously)

7. Don’t worry if other students finish their exams before you – there are no extra points awarded for finishing first



Good Luck!

Jill Turner, Librarian