Ways to reduce test anxiety and improve exam performance

by Powell

Though it’s normal to feel nervous before a test, some students find test anxiety exhausting. Racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, or feelings of physical symptoms like a fast heartbeat, headache, vomiting, and nausea are symptoms of some personal experiences. 

List of strategies that may help reduce your test anxiety:

Be Prepared

If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test.


Eat a healthy meal

The blank page can maximize your anxiety. Going through the entire paper before selecting an answer can help you relax. Few questions you might know the answer to attempt these first will boost your confidence. After you’ve read the directions, sketch your notes.

Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack foods that offer good nutrients rather than high sugary snacks.

Read carefully

Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before selecting answers. Putting time into a question and realizing you are not solving the right questions or mathematical problems. ( take time and attempt each question) Slowing down can help you stay focused.

Be calm and have positive thoughtsLearn relaxation techniques.

Watching other student taking the exam

Is everyone scribbling away? Do not worry. Pay attention to your test and pace, and forget about the other students in the room.

Do not stressed about time

Realizing that time is almost up. There are lots of test questions left can make it hard to do anything useful in those final minutes. Stay on focus by scoping out the whole test before getting started. Allocate how much time you’ll spend on each section. If there’s time to recheck, do it then. Do something fun after the exam is over to get your mind off the result to come.

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