People who have test anxiety experience high anxiety along with other physical manifestations typical among examinees. Although the task can be more difficult for them, avoiding tests does not solve their dilemma. There are effective strategies aimed at handling the situation that they can use to raise their self-confidence and decrease the level of their anxiety.

All of us have taken tests. One of the very first realities of life we all had been forced to deal with upon starting our academic journey when we first entered school was taking tests. Counting the many years most of us had spent to earn our college degrees, we must have taken hundreds of these academic tests, which spanned nearly half our entire lives. And though we expect ourselves to be very accustomed to them by this time, let us admit it: the idea of having to take an exam still sends our heart racing, our blood pressure escalating, and our stomach knotting itself. The only difference is, it is not as intense and troublesome as it used to be.

Nevertheless, for some of us, taking an exam could prove to be something close to a traumatic incident. Riddled with the same above-mentioned physical manifestations typical among examinees, theirs is much more intensified. The high anxiety they undergo whenever they have to take tests does not even come close to the level of anxiety most of us experience when subjected to the same pressure. Technically speaking, they are already experiencing test anxiety.

For those of you who have test anxiety, taking tests is akin to pushing a gigantic boulder off the edge of a cliff. The task can be so daunting that you are helpless against the mental and physical agony it brings. However, avoiding tests is not the solution. Tests simply can not be avoided. At one point or another, you would have to take a kind of test in order to meet a specific purpose. Thus, the only way to address your problem would be through effective measures in handling the situation itself.

  • Employ efficient methods of studying in order that you obtain cognitive mastery of the subject/s that would be included in the test. In doing so, you raise your level of confidence, which results to a reduction in the level of anxiety you would have experienced if you had not done so.

  • While you are studying, always keep a positive attitude. Focus on performing well instead of dwelling on your chances of failing. Perceive the test as an opportunity for you to showcase the knowledge you have gained through studying.

  • Make sure that you had enough rest and had eaten well prior to taking the test. On the night before the exam, make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep. Before the beginning of the test, fill up with a light satisfying meal. Steer clear of junk foods.

  • Ascertain that you maintain a relaxed disposition as you are taking the test. Slow, deep breathing also helps. Keep your mind concentrated on positive self-talk. Tell yourself that you would manage to do well instead of putting yourself down.

  • Prior to taking the test, practice on using a specific strategy for answering tests. And even if the test proves to be difficult, stick with the strategy.

  • Taking a test is not a race to see who finishes first. Don't mind if the other examinees hand their papers in ahead of you. Take your time, so long as it is within the given time limit for the test. Focus on giving the test your best shot.

  • The minute you have already turned in your exam, push it out of your mind temporarily. There is nothing more you can do about it now. Concentrate on other tasks, and wait for the results.

  • Once you have received the results, review it for mistakes, and learn them. This will help you avoid the same mistakes the next time you have to take another test.