Are you getting ready for an exam? If you are, then I bet very many questions are going through your mind right now. Like, will I pass this test? And what if I fail? What will happen if I fail to attain the pass mark? Well, you are not alone. Almost every candidates goes through this prior to an exam.
Anxiety coupled with stress is a significant hindrance for many examinees out there. It doesn’t matter what test you are taking; what is essential is that you find ways to curb your anxiety when preparing and to sit for the examination.
To help you beat test anxiety, here are some proven tips to help prepare calmly, sit for the exam and ace like a pro.
Admit That You are Anxious
The first step towards beating test anxiety is acknowledging the fact that you are anxious. You need to recognize the problem to be able to find solutions.
In this case, it is okay to be anxious. You don’t have to worry or feel sorry for it. Lots of people go through the same thing. So stop living in denial and trying to fake that you are not anxious when in actual sense you are.
Do you want to ace your exams? Then study. You know that you are going to sit for an exam, you’ve known it for a while now, and so what are you waiting for? Start preparing and ensure that you prepare well. Make use of every resource in your school library, online and at home to prepare.
The last-minute rush is what makes most examinees anxious before the test. I would advise that you dedicate at least 20 minutes of study every day ahead of your test. This way, you will prepare better and adequate, thus making you feel more confident to sit for the exam.
Practice with Sample Tests
If it’s your first time sitting for this test, and you are not sure what to expect, it would be better if you prepare using sample test materials. You could download sample test papers and create an exam environment around you within which you can take the test.
Doing this will help you overcome your fears. Plus, you can practice as much as you want until you gain the confidence you need to sit for the actual test.
Self-affirmation is an excellent antidote for exam anxiety. When getting ready for a test, you need to keep encouraging yourself. You should say to yourself things like “you are doing great,” “you are making progress,” “and you can do this.”
This may sound corny, but a little pep talk to yourself now and then will help feel confident that you are going to ace your exams.
Trust That You Will Succeed
You want to beat test anxiety, right? Well, it’s simple. Just trust that you will succeed. You need to believe in yourself to be able to overcome anxiety. Ask yourself if so and so took the test and passed, who am I not to? This will help boost your motivation and confidence to pass the test.
As earlier stated, you need to start preparing for the exam early. Last minute rush is not always good when going in for an exam.
Also, remember to wake up early on the day of the exam and get to the test center early enough too. This will help you get familiar with the environment and thus help ease your feelings of anxiety.
Trust me, going in for an exam looking all uptight and “frowny” will not help the situation. So just loosen up your body and be cheerful. Stretch out in the open, yawn, breath in and out as you wait for the test.
Appreciate Your Efforts
You’ve put in a lot of effort preparing and appearing for the exam. So why not gift yourself a little something to boost your motivation?
Eat your favorite food before the test, get new clothes or shoes for the test, buy an executive pen, etc. This is just to get you motivated; you can even reward yourself a second time after you are done with the test.
It’s Okay If You Fail
You did your best in previous tests but didn’t pass, will you be able to pass this one? What if you don’t? That’s okay; there is no sin in failing an exam. What’s the worst thing that can happen anyway? You will have to retake it, but with one real-time test added to your repertoire as practice.
So just try to look at failure as a favorable opportunity to learn and succeed.
So there you have it, 9 tips on how to beat test anxiety and ace your exams. Just remember that adequate preparation is key to overcoming anxiety and passing any test. Whatever follows is only to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. So prepare, practice and relax. You’ll do it. I trust you will and so should you.