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Combating test-day anxiety
10/14/2008


Try not to consume a very heavy meal or breakfast before the test. You do not want to be groggy. Do not consume too much caffeine before the test, because it could lead to many trips to the loo. If you are forced to take an unscheduled break during the test, you lose valuable time.

It is important that you are well-rested and alert on the day of the test. Try not to pick fights or get into any altercations that morning. Try to stay away from sources that could possibly give you (any) bad news. Try not to indulge in any activities that will sap your energies, or will drain your enthusiasm in any way. If you have highly pessimistic roommates, make an effort to stay away from their dark remarks today.

If you have a 1-hour study window the day of the test, you could do the following:
  • Spend about 30 minutes going over your summary-sheet.

  • Spend another 30 minutes going over the beginning of the math section of the test.

The second one is of course optional. Many of our students have reported that on the day of the test, they spent some time on a test just to get “into the rhythm.” If you already feel sufficiently primed, by all means, skip this.

However, if you have not taken any simulated test for more than five days before the test, we strongly recommend that you perform this warm-up exercise the morning of the test-day.

Try not to get fazed. Keep your mind alert and focused. Try not to think about the self-flagellation sessions if you bomb the test, or about the champagne-and-cheese celebrations if you ace the test. Just try not to think of the consequences. You need a positive, I-can-do-it attitude, and a clear, unfogged mind.

If you feel unnerved, calm yourself down. A few deep-breathing exercises can help. Make sure you feel neither too chilly (use that sweater) nor too warm. Think positive. Think Alexander the Great, who, more than 300 years before Christ, conquered a good part of the then-known world. Think Marie Curie. Think Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
 
 










 
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