Test Taking Tip 2: Stress Management

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  1. Take 30 second breaks during the test.
  2. Close your eyes and breathe.  Take a few deep breaths.
  3. I know this next one sounds weird but it really does work.  Picture your eyes floating in water.
  4. Remind yourself that you can take this test. Remind yourself that you will pass this test. Remind yourself that you will do well on this test.
  5. Relax and know that this is not the end of the world.  You will get through it.

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Test Taking Tip 1: Time Management

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  1.  Budget your time

Figure out how many questions are on the test and how long you have to take the test.  Get a general idea of how far you would like to be when time is half way.  Get a general idea of how long you should spend on each question.  

2. Which questions to answer

Read the question and decide if you can answer the question in a reasonable about of time.  If it will take twice as long as you decided you have, skip it and come back to it if you have time.  Always remember to go back to questions you skipped.

3. When to answer randomly

Different tests are designed differently.  Some tests such as the Redesigned SAT Exam and ACT Exam allow a limited amount of time to complete the test.  During the last seconds of the test, it is a good idea to fill in any answer if you did not have a chance to answer the question.  Since you do not lose points for a wrong answer, there is no penalty for taking a guess.  You never know you can get some of the correct.  Other tests like the Current SAT Exam, take off points for wrong answers.  In this case it is better not to randomly fill in answers.  Finally, other exams such as the GMAT Exam take off more points for a blank answer than a wrong answer.  Again, it is better to randomly fill in an answer than leave it blank.

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When to seek help for stress

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Most people are able to handle the stress in their lives.  However, sometimes the stress can be too much to deal with on your own.  When this happens you should seek professional help.  There is nothing wrong with needing help to get through a life event, a period of time, or even everyday life.  In the school there are many adults a student can speak with to receive help.  Students can always see a guidance counselor.  This is normally the best place to start.  A guidance counselor can deal with many common situations.  Schools also have social workers and psychologists for students who need some extra help.  These professionals work with students every day and are great at helping students deal with and manage stress.  Some students might have an anxiety disorder and need further help. These students should find a psychiatrist and a private psychologist.  The school psychologist can make a recommendation if he or she feels the child needs additional help.

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life, you should seek professional medical assistance.

How to recognize stress

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People show many different symptoms of stress.  Stress impacts all of your life.   It can cause emotional symptoms like being agitated, feeling moody, overwhelmed or depressed, and having low self-esteem.  It can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, aches and pain, inability to sleep, low energy, or nervousness and shaking.  It can also cause cognitive symptoms including worrying, racing thoughts, forgetfulness, and inability to focus.  It can also change your behavior including your appetite, procrastination, and increased use of alcohol or drugs.  This is just a short list of symptoms.   Remember everyone responds differently to stress.

 

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life you should seek professional medical assistance.

What is stress?

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Stress is a physical response to events that cause a change.  Some amount of stress is good and causes us to be productive and reach our goals.   But too much stress causes us to shut down.  Other stress can be from fear such as the fight or flight response.  Everyone experiences stress at one point out another in his or her life.  It is important to recognize it and know how to handle it properly.

Stress can be caused by many things.  Here’s a brief list of some things that can be affecting students.

  • School: too much work, difficult work, oral presentations
  • Jobs
  • Too much responsibility
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Moving
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Traumatic Event: natural disaster, theft, violence, rape, ect
  • Emotional problems

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life, you should seek professional medical assistance.