Taking Tests

Breathe

Breathe!

  • The last thing your brain needs is to be stressed out. Try one of these techniques before a test to calm your mind and heart! 

  • Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds, then exhale for 4 seconds. Repeat as much as needed. 

  • Focus on breathing into your belly. Expand your belly then slowly release. Repeat.

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Focus

  • Minimize distractions.

  • Be present in the room where you are taking your test.

  • Remember all the studying you did and be proud of yourself! 

  • Write yourself a motivational message at the top of your paper.

  • Don't worry about what anyone else is doing. 

  • Notice where your attention is. Remember, your attentional octopus can only handle 4 things at once but one thing at a time is the best way.

Breathe

Don't panic

  • If you come across a question you don't know or maybe are momentarily forgetting the answer to, leave it and come back. 

  • Panicking triggers cortisol, the stress hormone to be released which can interfere with memory and attention.

  • Put a little mark next to the question so you remember to return to it.