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Test Anxiety

by P.J. DeMaris

To do your best on upcoming tests and exams, try these steps organized by the acronym PR.O.M.P.T.

  1. PR – Prepare mentally
  2. O – Organize
  3. M – Memorize
  4. P – Practice
  5. T- Test

Click here for a complete explanation of each step.

Despite your best efforts you may someday find yourself in a situation where you have to “cram”. The first thing you need to do in this situation is to decide what material you can fully study in the time you have available. In other words, be strategic on what content you can study thoroughly in the time you have and omit the remainder. You will have greater success studying less material well than trying to study everything superficially. Relax and get plenty of sleep. Don’t waste time now on “beating yourself up”. After the test there will be plenty of time to examine what circumstances contributed to this situation so you can learn what to do better next time.

I hope these tips have been helpful. Take charge, chill out and slam that test out of the park!

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Last modified on July 13, 2015

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