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									TEST ANXIETY&

 TEST-TAKING
 TEST
ANXIETY
Distribute Pre-Test to
workshop participants
 How did you feel
about being given a
       test?
     • ALL anxiety is a reaction to anticipating
                something stressful.

• Under stress, the body releases the hormone
  “adrenaline”, which prepares the body for
  danger.

• This is the “flight or fight” reaction.

• Anxiety creates a vicious circle: the more a
  person focuses on bad things that could happen,
  the stronger the anxiety becomes.
PHYSICAL SIGNS

       •   Perspiration
       •   Sweaty palms
       •   Headache
       •   Upset stomach
       •   Rapid heart beat
       •   Tense muscles
   What Causes Test Anxiety?
• Lack of preparation:
   cramming the night before the exam
   poor time management
   failure to organize text information
   poor study habits
• Worrying about:
   past performance on exams
   how friends and other students are doing
   the negative consequences of failure
EFFECTS OF TEST ANXIETY
          • Nervousness
          • Mental blocks
          • Difficulty organizing
            thoughts
          • Difficulty concentrating
            on questions
          • Remembering answers
            after the test is over
HOW TO
REDUCE
ANXIETY
Preparing for or ANTICIPATING
           ANXIETY
               • Focus on dealing with
                 what you have to do

               • Take one step at a time

               • Think about what YOU
                 CAN DO

               • Think RATIONALLY

               • Don’t WORRY; worrying
                 accomplishes nothing
  CONFRONTING/HANDLING
        ANXIETY
 • Don’t think about FEAR; just think about
             what you have to do
               • Stay relevant
        • Relax….you’re in control.
      • Take slow…..deep breaths
• Expect some anxiety; it’s a reminder not to
   panic but to relax and cope steadily with
                 the situation.
          COPING w/BEING
          OVERWHELMED
     • When the FEAR comes, just PAUSE.
• Keep the focus on the PRESENT: what is it you
                      have to do?
          • Expect some fear to arise.
  • Don’t try to eliminate fear totally; just keep it
                     manageable.
       • You CAN reason your fear away.
  • Describe what is around you. That way you
             won’t think about worrying.
         REINFORCING SELF
           STATEMENTS
• “It worked. I did it!”   • “I am getting better. I
                             am learning to cope
                             more smoothly.”
• “It wasn’t as bad as I
  expected.”
                           • “I can be pleased with
                             my progress.”
• “I made more out of
  fear than it was
  worth!”                  • “I like how I handled
                             it. I can be proud of
                             myself.”
 TECHNIQUES TO DECREASE
         ANXIETY


• CHANGE THOUGHT PATTERNS

      • PROGRESSIVE
        RELAXATION
 CHANGE THOUGHT PATTERNS
Changing negative self-talk to more rational, objective,
          productive, affirming thoughts.

                            • “If I don’t get an “A”, I might as
• All-or-nothing thinking      well fail.”

                            • “If I fail this test, I’ll never
• Catastrophic thinking       graduate.”

                            • “If they’ve already finished, I
• Comparison thinking         must be doing something
                              wrong.”
• Negative filter           • “I can’t solve this problem.
                              Oh no! Now what am I going
                              to do.”
  PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION
 Combine muscle relaxation with deep breathing, positive
imagery, and isometrics to calm your body and your mind.

 • Tense and relax each major muscle group in
   progression.
 • Take 3 calming breaths in through your nose
   and mouth.
 • Stretch your neck and arms to release tension.
 • Practice visualizing yourself preparing for
   the test, taking the test, getting the test back
   with positive results.
OTHER SUGGESTIONS
       • Before you begin
         studying and before you
         begin a test, FOCUS on
         your thumbnail for 2
         minutes.
       • This will relax you and
         create a link between
         the information you
         studied and your ability
         to recall the information
         when taking the test.
       Right Brain/Left Brain
LEFT       RIGHT
                   • The Left brain is
                     where information is
                     stored.
                   • When you feel
                     Anxious (emotional),
                     the Right side of the
                     brain is activated…
                      …No data gets in!
BRAIN SOLUTION
       • To get out of the
         Right brain & into
         the Left, before a
         test:
         write down the
        directions to a friend’s
        house
         try to recall phone
        numbers
         do simple
        addition/subtraction
        problems.
TEST-TAKING
STRATEGIES
       BEFORE THE TEST
• Start preparing for
  exams the first day of • Reread your lecture
  class.                   notes & ask yourself
• Review your              questions on the
  syllabus carefully to    material you don’t
  see when, how            know well.
  many exams there       • Review for short
  will be.                 periods of time.
• Plan reviews as part   .
  of your regularly
  weekly study
  schedule
DURING THE TEST
       • Read directions
         carefully.
       • Preview the test to
         see how much time
         you need to allot each
         to each section.
       • Work on “easiest”
         parts first.
       • Save time at the end
         of the exam to review.
         AFTER THE TEST
• If the instructor reviews the exam in class,
  make sure you attend.
• When you receive your test back, go
  over it to determine areas of strength &
  weakness in your test-taking skills
• If you have done poorly, learn from your
  mistakes.
• Always analyze your test results.
BEST KEPT SECRET!

       • On a 3”x 5” card (front &
         back), write everything
         you know about the
         subject you will be tested
         on.
       • The act of writing down
         the information will help
         you remember.
    TRUE-FALSE QUESTIONS
                                     • Qualifying words
• When you don’t know                  make the question
  the answer, mark it                  true: usually, some, might,
  TRUE. There are generally            seldom, often, sometimes, may
  more true questions than false.
                                     • Negative words or
• Look for any factor                  prefixes complicate
  that will make a                     the statement: prefixes
  statement false.                     un, im, miss alter the meaning
                                       of a statement. Double
• Look for extreme                     negatives make a positive: “not
                                       uncommon” = “common”
  modifiers that make
  the question false: all,           • Questions that state a
  always, only, none, never, best,     reason tend to be
  worst…
                                       false.
             MULTIPLE CHOICE
• Formulate your own answer before reading
  the options.
• Eliminate unlikely answers first.
• Select numbered answers from the middle
  range, not the extremes. EX. The height of a mountain is
  requested… eliminate 20, 000 ft and 3,000 ft. Then choose between 8,000 ft and
  11,000 ft
• Select answers that are longer and more
  descriptive.
• Similar answers give you a clue! One of them
  is correct, the other is disguised.
• Watch out for “Not True?” Eliminate what is true.
MATCHING QUESTIONS
        • Examine both lists to
          determine the types of items
          and their relationships.
        • Use one list as a starting point
          & go through the second list to
          find a match.
        • Move through the entire list
          before selecting a match
          because a more correct
          answer may follow.
        • Cross off items on the second
          list when you are certain that
          you have match.
        • Do not guess until all
          absolute matches have been
          made.
        FILL IN THE BLANK

• Concentrate on the number of blanks in
  the sentence and the length of the space.

• Provide a descriptive answer when you
  cannot think of the exact word or words.
 The instructor may reward you with partial credit.
ESSAY QUESTIONS
     • Organize your thoughts before
       you begin to write.
     • Paraphrase the original
       question to form your
       introductory statement.
     • Use the principles of English
       composition.
     • Write clearly! Teachers need
       to be able to read it.
     • Use bullets or lists whenever
       possible.
     • Identify the verbs or words in
       the question that give you
       direction….summarize, discuss,
       explain.
    FINAL THOUGHTS
 • Anxiety CAN be managed.

• Test-taking is a skill that CAN
           be learned.

• Old dogs can learn new tricks
       and so CAN YOU!!!

								
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