Reducing Test Anxiety & Test-Taking Strategies What is Test Anxiety? “Test anxiety is actually a type of performance anxiety — a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure is on to do well.” Test anxiety can cause you to lose concentration and prevent you from doing your best. http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/test_anxiety.html How does it make you feel? • • • • • • • • “Butterflies” in your stomach Stomach ache Tension headache Sweaty Shaky Fast heart beat Nausea Feeling like you may pass out Never fear! There are some tips to help prevent or reduce test-anxiety. Prepare! • Choose a study strategy that works well for you. • Review and study for the test well ahead of time. • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. • Wear comfortable clothes to the test. • Eat a good breakfast (meal) before the test. When beginning a test… • Read ALL directions first. • Underline key words, phrases or clues to help you solve a problem. • Read questions carefully and make sure you understand what you are being asked. During a test… • Pace yourself so that you do not run out of time. • Read the question and all answer choices. • Look for clues • Eliminate answer choices you know are not correct. • If you get stumped on a question, mark it so you can come back to it later then move on to the next question. If you have time, ALWAYS check your answers and check back over your test to make sure you did not leave any questions blank! Any Questions?