Six Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety
Taking exams can be incredibly stressful. For some individuals, tests can create a type of anxiety that can feel overwhelming. When taking exams, such as the SAT and ACT, there can be a lot of pressure placed on that individual.
Here are some simple ways to reduce the anxiety you may be experiencing for an upcoming test:
Ask for Help: It is okay to ask for help if you are finding yourself struggling on a topic. This may be a peer, or you may invest in a tutor.
Practice Breathing Technique: Practice some deep breathing techniques if you find yourself stressed or anxious during the actual test.
Reflect on Your Accomplishments: Reflecting on your past accomplishments is another way to reduce test anxiety. Reduce the anxiety by reminding yourself of everything that you have completed so far in your academic/professional life.
Sleep/Diet: The night before the exam it is important to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep. It is also important to have a healthy breakfast on the morning of the test, like eggs and bacon. Diet and sleep can both have a significant impact on your comprehension and brain during the exam.
Self-Talk: Another way to reduce the stress or anxiety you may be feeling is by practicing self-talk during the exam. Rather than saying to yourself, “I don’t know this, I’m stupid,” try to tell yourself, “It is okay to not know the answer to all the questions. I am smart and confident.”
Celebrate! Regardless of if you pass or fail the exam, it is important to plan something to celebrate this big accomplishment of putting in all your time and effort to take this test.
Preparing for an exam can be very stressful. While this list provided six different approaches, consider focusing on the one that you believe will help the best to reduce your anxiety come test day.