How to take the stress out of your exams
Preparing for the test
- Adopt a regular study pattern.
- Short and regular study periods are more productive than a single long session or cramming (last-minute studying).
- Get enough sleep.
- Go back and review as many times as necessary.
- Make some time each day to relax and reward yourself.
- Monitor your stress signs. Discuss your problems with your family and friends.
- Make sure you know the place, date and time of the exam.
- Focus on the present and do not worry about the future. Define your goals clearly.
- Think positive. If you think you can’t do it, you won’t be able to.
- Afraid of failure? Most people are afraid of failure or losing credibility. Don’t think you’re a loser just because you’re scared of failing.
During the test
- Try to manage your time.
- Listen to and follow the examiner’s instructions carefully.
- Make sure you answer all the listening questions and spend as much time as you can on each one.
- Complete the information on the answer sheet carefully and ask the proctor if you are not sure about how to do it.
- Take deep breaths.
- Read the reading passages slowly and try to remember or understand what every unknown word means.
- Answer all listening questions and spend as much time as possible on the ones you’re not sure of or you don’t know.
- Read the close passage at least one time before you decide which choice is the correct one.
- Make an outline of your composition and write a first draft before you write the final draft on the exam composition paper.
- Answer all questions. Even the ones you are not sure or you don’t know. Luck might be on your side during the exam!
- Have a bottle of water with you. It will keep your mouth from becoming dry during the exam.
Last Update At: 2009/08/04 - 13:46:53