B reathe deeply.
  • Take long, slow, deep breaths throughout the test.

  • Focus your attention on your breathing to make it steady.
R elax.
  • When you feel your muscles tightening, try to slowly relax each muscle one at a time. Tell yourself mentally that you are relaxing each muscle. For example, relax your leg muscles by telling yourself, "I am now relaxing my leg muscles."

  • Start relaxing your muscles from the top of your body and go down. Especially focus on relaxing your neck muscles.
A nervous person, crossed out.
A ttitude is everything!
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout the entire test.

  • During the test, tell yourself "I can do it!"

  • Put a star next to the answers that you are sure you got right to show that you can do it!
A boy maintaining a positive attitude.
V isualize yourself in your favorite place.
  • When you find yourself becoming anxious, close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine yourself in your favorite place (e.g., at the beach, at the mall, watching television, playing sports).
A wonderful daydream of a beach.
E nd is in sight!
  • Even if you feel that the test will last forever, remember that it will be over before you know it and your anxiety will fade!
A runner crossing the finish line.



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