Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3425 A little anxiety before a test improves your concentration and alert- ness. Too much worry, or test anxiety, can lower your test score. It’s possible for students with test anxiety to get themselves so worked up that they can’t think clearly. The brain, like a computer, contains a great deal of information.This information is useless, however, if you’re not able to “access it.”Having test anxiety is like not having the password for your computer. The information is there, but you can’t get to it. To reduce test anxiety, study enough to feel confident that you know the material, and replace the worry and negative thinking with thoughts that are positive. Also try doing the following: u Start studying early. Cramming only increases test anxiety. u Mentally practice going through the test. Close your eyes and see yourself walking confidently into the room, answering the questions correctly, and receiving the grade you want. u The night before a test, review the material, and then get a good night’s sleep. u Walk into the test with your head up and your shoulders back. Tell yourself that you’re ready, and that you are going to do fine. u Try these relaxation techniques: 1. Take a deep breath. Then slowly release your breath, along with any tension. Do this until you feel your body relax. 2. Start at the top of your head, flexing, and then relaxing each part of your body. 3. Close your eyes and visualize warm sunshine washing over you, melting away the tension, and relaxing all of your muscles. 4. Think of a place where you feel relaxed and calm. Close your eyes and visualize being in that place. The more you practice these techniques, the better you’ll get. If you con- tinue to have problems with test anxiety, talk to your counselor. Step Reduce Test Anxiety 9