The Day of the Exam
1. Psych yourself up--be confident!
2. In the morning:
- Set an alarm with enough time to get to the exam without worrying, then set it 1/2 to 3/4 hour earlier.
- Have the proper materials:
- 2 pencils and 2 similar pens.
- Blue Books (if necessary).
- Calculator (if necessary) & spare battery.
- Any books or notes that are allowed.
- Put bookmarks at important pages.
- Keep list on inside front cover of pages of important tables, etc.
- Glance over your notes.
- Relax on campus immediately before the test, perhaps with the newspaper and a cup of coffee.
- Avoid conversations about the subject matter--it can throw you off balance.
- Don't study the last hour before the test.
- Eat something light to give you energy and to keep your stomach from annoying you as well as others.
3. Get to the exam room early enough to:
- Get a good seat.
- Blackboard is in view.
- Clock is in view.
- Light is okay.
- Distracting friends are not near you.
- Glance over your notes one last time (optional -- if anxiety increases, avoid this).
- Relax for a second before starting. Practice slow, deep breathing.
4. How to handle test anxiety.
- It's natural--accept it.
- Some anxiety is good for motivation.
- If you have too much anxiety. Take your mind off of self-defeating thoughts. For example:
- Before the test begins:
- Picture your summary notes and rehearse key concepts and terms in your mind's eye.
- Think briefly about the relaxed aftermath.
- Take several slow deep breaths and concentrate on relaxing your whole body.
- During the test: (Think about the test items, not about how well you're doing).
- If anxiety interferes regularly, schedule an appointment with the Counseling and Career Services office for relaxation training.