How to take the stress out of your exams

Preparing for the test
  1. Adopt a regular study pattern.
  2. Short and regular study periods are more productive than a single long session or cramming (last-minute studying).
  3. Get enough sleep.
  4. Go back and review as many times as necessary.
  5. Make some time each day to relax and reward yourself.
  6. Monitor your stress signs. Discuss your problems with your family and friends.
  7. Make sure you know the place, date and time of the exam.
  8. Focus on the present and do not worry about the future. Define your goals clearly.
  9. Think positive. If you think you can’t do it, you won’t be able to.
  10. 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
  1. Try to manage your time.
  2. Listen to and follow the examiner’s instructions carefully.
  3. Make sure you answer all the listening questions and spend as much time as you can on each one.
  4. Complete the information on the answer sheet carefully and ask the proctor if you are not sure about how to do it.
  5. Take deep breaths.
  6. Read the reading passages slowly and try to remember or understand what every unknown word means.
  7. Answer all listening questions and spend as much time as possible on the ones you’re not sure of or you don’t know.
  8. Read the close passage at least one time before you decide which choice is the correct one.
  9. Make an outline of your composition and write a first draft before you write the final draft on the exam composition paper.
  10. Answer all questions. Even the ones you are not sure or you don’t know. Luck might be on your side during the exam!
  11. 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

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