Quelling Nerves/ Test- Day Anxiety advice?

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Quelling Nerves/ Test- Day Anxiety advice?

Postby tigress12 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:21 pm

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Re: Quelling Nerves/ Test- Day Anxiety advice?

Postby wtrc » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:31 pm

Thanks for creating this thread, I'm in like the exact same situation (taking for 3rd time, same scores and same PT scores). I do feel far more confident this time around though than last time (first time I didn't have anxiety but just wasn't on a 170+ level).

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Re: Quelling Nerves/ Test- Day Anxiety advice?

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Re: Quelling Nerves/ Test- Day Anxiety advice?

Postby Jeffort » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:39 pm

What edge mentioned about the hour wait once checked in at the test center is really important and an often overlooked part of test day that effects many people.

Many people that perform poorly on test day compared to practice test scores do so partly because they let their thoughts during the ~hour wait from check-in to starting section one go negative and/or into thinking about stuff that just gets the person more worked up and stressed out. Performance based thoughts with you thinking about practice scores, your goal, types of things on the test you fear/are still a bit weak on, etc. just lead to you putting more pressure on yourself mentally, which leads to more stress, freaking out, freezing up, etc. Thoughts about test performance or reviewing strategies in your mind or whatever can become paralyzing/overwhelming if you are consciously putting a bunch of mental pressure on yourself right before the test starts and/or trying to think about a bunch of different things at the same time. Meaning that you can really screw yourself right before the test with your own thoughts.

You really need to figure out a good way to quiet down stress producing negative thoughts during the wait and just calm your thoughts down a lot, almost to the point where you are just chilling and kind of zoning out.

There is nothing productive you can think about during that time period except for making sure you fill out the answer sheet properly, so the goal is stop yourself from thinking about anything other than that and also a few happy, motivated, confidence thoughts. Other than that, try to have a blank mind during the wait. Harder said than done, but it can be practiced so there is no reason not to condition yourself for that crucial part of test day that throws lots of people off their game before the test even begins.




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