Test Tip : How can I reduce my test anxiety?

Test Anxiety Tips

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the causes of test anxiety often include a fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad experiences taking tests in the past. You’re not alone! Here’s what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.

Just get started: 

Fear can be paralyzing. It is amazing how good we feel once we take the first step. This is the case for first-time test takers, as well as repeat test-takers who need to dive back into the preparation process. Try studying for just 15 minutes on your first day so you don’t feel overwhelmed. You can also feel proud for taking the first step.  

It is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. 

Your preparation plan must be well-considered. Quantity does not equal quality. Avoid overwhelming yourself by using stacks of books and materials. Make sure your materials come a company with a track record of success and specializes in social work. If you have a package from LEAP, you can request a FREE study plan. Cram sessions of 3+ hours typically work against you. The LEAP approach follows adult learning models. It is rare to have a study day exceeding two hours. Most daily reading assignments are limited to approximately 1 hour. Keep in mind that the highest success rates are among those who study daily for 2-3 months.  

Get a good night’s sleep and schedule your exam for the time of day when you feel your best.

Go for 8-9 hours of sleep and avoid electronic devices entirely for at least one hour before bed. If you find your mind is racing, end the evening with a few funny comedy short videos or a funny movie. Remember, to schedule the exam when you typically feel the most energized. If you are not a morning person, avoid the morning testing appointments.  Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing.

Positive Affirmations

Write positive affirmations on your study materials and on a post-it on your bathroom mirror. We like the statement: I will succeed! We also like the phrase, LEAP beyond barriers! In this all-to-stressful world, who couldn’t use some positive affirmations? 

You’ve got this!