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The thought of tests often causes anxiety, stress and an overwhelming sense of helplessness. No one likes to be tested. Careers can depend on the results of certain tests and it is becoming more prevalent in today’s job market. Employers may administer skills tests to determine your knowledge of the field and writing tests to evaluate your communication skills. Performing your best on these evaluations is necessary to moving along in the job application process. There are ways to reduce the stress:

Preparation

  • Review other tests and questions. It is important to study and prepare for the test. Your goal should be to be well prepared that you only need to quickly skim over your notes. By being proactive, rather than reactive, you can overcome this anxiety.
  • Eating well. The brain needs a lot of energy to maintain focus for several hours. Eat a hearty and healthy snack or meal to make your energy last as long as possible.
  • Prepare mentally and physically. Help your body to relax by stretching, breathing deeply and shaking out muscular tension. Visualize yourself successfully taking the test and telling yourself that you are well prepared. Set you mind on the task at hand.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. This will help you to perform well on the test and give you more energy for dealing with any anxiety that may arise.

During the Test

  • Read all directions slowly and carefully. Examine the test and quickly develop a plan for budgeting your time. Focus on the question at hand. Don’t let your mind wander on other things.
  • Answer the easy questions first. Carefully read each question before answering. If you don’t know the answer, remind yourself that it is only one question and that you can still do well on the test by answering the more familiar questions. Review your answers after finishing.
  • Be aware of the time but don’t let yourself feel rushed when other people start handing in their tests. Stick to the timeline you gave yourself for each question and you will finish in plenty of time.

Above all, have confidence in yourself.  With proper preparation any test can be taken with confidence, allowing you to relax and get the best results possible.  How do you overcome test anxiety?

by Carole Marinier, Blogger for Agilec 

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