How to Overcome Test Anxiety


Test anxiety has grown very common among students. This kind of anxiety can have an impact on a student’s performance, especially if that student has difficulty concentrating, and can ultimately result in test failure. Test anxiety might even cause stress and nausea when you prepare to take a very important test.

  • Study early and avoid cramming. For important exams such as midterms or board exams, start test preparations several weeks before the big day. Take notes on the subjects related to the exam and create review notes on a piece of paper. You will feel more confident if you have studied sufficiently and feel confident to take the exam, which can help ease the tension and fear.

  • Consider using a day planner to organize your study priorities. Create a time line for your dates for study and fun. Set aside times to study and have a reviewer on hand to help you prepare for the exam.
  • Learn to relax. On the big exam day, most students can feel anxious and panicky. Take some deep breaths and learn how to calm down. Practicing slow breathing in and out will help you release the anxiety and stress you feel.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Sound sleep can help you prepare for the exams more effectively because fatigue can further contribute to anxiety.
  • Avoid wasting time. If you don’t know the answer, move on to the next question. Answer those with which you feel most comfortable first. Once you have finished, you can go back to try to answer the rest. Accepting your shortcomings can help keep your anxiety level at a minimum.
  • Physical relaxation techniques can also help you get over the anxiety. Start eating healthy and avoid alcohol or other things that can disrupt your concentration. Use aromatherapy to help get your body relaxed.
  • Maintain a positive attitude during the exam. Don’t give in to the idea of failure. Avoid talking to other students who have negative feelings toward the exam. If your friends experience palpable stress, you will likely feel stressed as well; this may cause failure to focus during the exam.
  • During the exam, read the directions carefully. Many students who fail to execute this simple step. Take your time to read directions thoroughly.
  • In exams for math or chemistry, you will most likely need to use mathematical formulas in order to find the answers. Make a list in the margin of the paper of all important notes and formulas to avoid from forgetting them.
  • Try not to compare yourself to others. If other test takers finish early, don’t feel pressured to finish the exam as quickly. Take the time you need to perform your best and demonstrate your knowledge and comprehension of the subject matter..
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About the Author: Darlene Aronson holds a degree in English literature and is a college teacher in Texas, USA. She likes to help others by sharing her experiences in education and training field. She has written for many blogs as well as local magazines.

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