How to Reduce Test Anxiety

There’s just something about tests that freaks us out. You study all day and feel confident, yet that all changes when the test is in front of you. You start to panic and, as a result, you get a lower score. This has happened to everyone, especially on the SAT and ACT. But luckily for you, it doesn’t ever have to happen again.

The first rule to reducing anxiety is to relax. I can’t stress that enough. It may be hard, but it really pays off. The best way to do this is to only study for a maximum of 30 minutes to an hour the day before the test. Spend the rest of the day actually having fun. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep, your brain stores memory at this time. Also, be sure to eat a balanced breakfast. Did you know that an apple gives you more energy than a cup of coffee? It also whitens your teeth, while coffee stains them. An apple a day keeps the doctor and the dentist away.

We all know how important it is to study (See Effective Studying). Studying for just 30 minutes a day (You can even take the SAT Question of the Day) is an easy way to get a good grade. If you study, you should have nothing to worry about, which will help you to relax.

If you are still nervous on test day, there are physical ways to relax. You can try making funny faces in a mirror or tightening your fists then relaxing them. Exercise is also an excellent release for negative energy. You can even turn on the radio and dance all of the anxiety out- that’s how I was able to remain calm during the SAT.

While everyone else is fretting over the exam, you can be calm, cool, and collected knowing that you will do well because you can actually relax. Even if you don’t do as well as you hoped, at least you know better for next time. Here is a great website that tells you more about test anxiety.

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted

-Randy Pausch

About Sierra

I'm an accounting major at Texas State University with a passion for all things international. I'm going to learn Russian, Portuguese, Italian, and possibly German one day. I've been speaking Spanish for 8 years and my dream is to one day travel across Latin America. DREAM Act 2015!

Posted on March 28, 2012, in School/College and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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