OnTheRise wrote:Anybody got any advice on how to deal with test day anxiety? I am well prepared and consistently scoring 170+ but I am really starting to freak out. I was in a similar situation last time I took the test and completely choked and I am afraid that the same thing will happen again.
It might be kind of obvious, but make sure you think positive, not negative. On my college football team, we would have psychologists come talk to us. For us corners and safeties they always used to tell us NOT to say "don't get beat deep". If you think "don't get beat deep" then what happens? you're already thinking about getting beat, then a receiver gets behind you and you're deafeated before the play even begins. But if you think "keep the play in front of you", then you're always thinking about making a positive play, instead of not making a negative play. Different thoughts for the same concept, but it helps you stay in the game mentally.
I apply the same thing for thing for the LSAT. Don't think "don't freak out" because the topic is freaking out and you're already beat, think "focus". Don't think ohmygod, I got crushed on that game/passage, now I'm going to get a (undesirable score X). Keep the test in front of you (metaphorically), and think about stacking 25 point section on top of 25 point section. Don't worry about getting questions wrong, just stay in the moment and focus on getting questions right.