The test room can be an unknown factor that makes it tough for you to feel good about an upcoming test. Take steps that will help you to be able to keep it all in perspective so you can remain focused. If the test is going to take place in the room where you have class, then you already know the layout. If not, take some time to find the location and to make sure you can get there in plenty of time on test day.
If the test room is new to you, try to get there early on the day of the test so that you can pick the seat that works for you. If you are one of the last people to arrive, you will have to take what is left over. Identify what could distract you such as being in the front of the room, being by a window, or even sitting in an end seat because people will walk by there when they are done taking their test. By arriving early, you can use breathing techniques and you can use relaxation for your muscles to avoid tension
Always have what you will need ready to go when you get to the test room. If you can bring in a calculator or other tool, have it on your desk. Have extra writing instruments so that you don’t have to get up and sharpen a pencil during the test session. Wear a watch so you can make sure you are using your time wisely. Don’t spend too much time on hard questions you are struggling with. Move on to what you can get right, and return to those other items if you have left over time.
Be prepared for different conditions in the test room. You don’t want to be too hot or too cold. It can be tough for an ideal temperature to be determined for everyone. Dress in layers so you can take off or add clothes based on how you feel during the test. Don’t show up tired or hungry as those can be distractions for you during the test.
Do all you can to get yourself pumped up and ready for taking the test. Instead of dragging your feet about it, consider it an adventure. Being positive can really make the test room more approachable for you. The test is a challenge for you but one that you can manage and you can be in control of. Don’t let negative thoughts get into your hand that create any type of doubt for you.
If you haven’t studied though, you are going to set yourself up for failure. If that is the case, you will be beating yourself up mentally when you enter that test room. Make time to study before a test – not the night before only – but over time so that you are really ready to take that test. You will find this helps you to feel energized and even look forward to the test so you can put your knowledge out there.
See our Test Tips section for more tips on taking an exam.
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