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Test Anxiety CuresProven Methods That Will Eliminate Your Fear Of Taking Tests

Are you the student who simply dreads taking tests in school?  The anxiety over taking a test is something that affects students from grade school all the way through college.   Understandably, you seek a solution to this problem in order for you to move forward positively in your life.   There are proven test anxiety cures that will eliminate your fears; allowing you to always achieve your best results.

Like many other life situations, (giving a public speech as example) the anxiety over taking a test in school is caused by one central factor.  Your brain and central nervous system has become over-stimulated with negative, imaginary, and almost uncontrollable thoughts.  Your fear over taking a test or quiz involves the same process as the individual who dreads speaking in front of a large group of people.    

Your mind dwelling on negative thoughts causes you to have anxiety over the upcoming test.   You fear, for absolutely no reason, that your mind will simply go blank during the test.  Or, you become consumed in believing that this upcoming test is the most important one that you have ever taken as a student.  The fear and negativity take control of your mind to the point in which the level of stress and anxiety over this upcoming test literally goes through the roof.

Here are some methods that will help you avoid this problem.  They will allow you to become the individual who does not experience test anxiety; and might even allow you to be the person who actually relishes and performs well in all school tests.

1.    Plan ahead.    

Your professor or grade school teacher may occasionally give you the pop quiz.  Usually however, (and especially for an important test or examination) your instructor, (in his/her course syllabus) will let you know ahead of time when he/she will be giving tests in the classroom.    Your best bet in succeeding in a class is to always keep up with the study material.  If you are assigned reading material to learn, do it.  The absolute worst thing that you could do would be to fall behind in the class.  The chances of you doing well in the class will also be diminished if you fail to put in the required study effort.  If you know that you have a big test coming up, prepare ahead of time.  It has been scientifically proven that studying for an upcoming test over a period of time, instead of cramming for it at the last moment; yields higher test scores.  Your short-term memory capacity cannot be over-loaded with information 8-10 hours before a test.  You simply would not be able to retain all of the information that you attempted to cram into your brain at the last moment.   In order for you to perform well in an upcoming test, review the material enough times so that it is implanted into your long-term memory.  Begin doing your test preparation well before the actual test date.

2.    Learn to Relax.    

Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are proven remedies to prevent anxiety attacks in many life situations, (remember that person who dreads giving a public speech).  You need to realize that many of these techniques will also help you in preparing to take a test.   It is now 30 minutes before you walk into the classroom to take a test.  If you have prepared well, and to the best of your abilities, (as I indicated above) you now need to take time out to relax.  Do not continue to dwell on factual data repeatedly, (or do any last second cramming) as this will just raise your level of stress and anxiety.  Should I review the third chapter in the book yet another time?  What was that calculus equation again?  For your peace of mind just before taking a test, please do not go there.  Instead, control your mind by focusing away from any possible negative thoughts.  Listen to some relaxing music, if possible.  Go and chat with a friend who is not in your class, (and do not talk about the upcoming test).  Control your breathing by inhaling and exhaling air slowly, counting slowly as you do so.  Calm your nerves by focusing on positive thoughts.

3.    Taking the actual test.   

During the test, do not dwell on any one question that you are unsure of, for a great number of minutes.  Move on and if you have time, revisit the question after completing the remainder of the test.  If you are taking a multiple choice test, the following has been proven:  Unless you are absolutely sure that you are wrong with your first choice, statistically it has been proven that you are better off in not guessing that another answer is better than the first one.   Going back and changing your multiple-choice selection, based on a whim, often results in a wrong answer, anyway.  And, all you would end up doing is second-guessing yourself, and raising the level of anxiety and stress as you take the test.

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