Looking for the best test-taking strategies to stop anxiety in its tracks?
Let’s imagine the ideal morning of your next exam for a moment.
It’s early when your alarm goes off. You stretch as the sun peeks through your window. Usually, you’d hit the snooze button a few times, but today you don’t. You feel well-rested and ready to conquer the day.
As you climb out of bed, you realise there’s no swarm of butterflies fluttering about in your stomach.
Instead, you feel successful and resilient. You’re calm as you eat a leisurely breakfast, chat with your parents, and head out the door. Maybe you’re not excited about the big exam, but you’re not worried about it, either.
Now you’re seated at your desk with the test in front of you.
You feel prepared. You know which test-taking skills to use if you get stuck on a question. Later, when you submit your exam, you feel fantastic because you know you did your best.
Sounds like an incredible morning, right?
But if you’re a nervous test taker, this dream scenario might sound like exactly that: a dream.
After speaking to and working with more than 20,000 students, I’m here to tell you this…
With the right tips, you can perform better on exams and overcome test anxiety, too.
Ready to learn more? Let’s explore my top test-taking strategies so you can ace your next exam.
How to improve your test-taking skills
If you want to learn how to improve your test-taking skills, start by studying the different question styles.
I go in-depth on this in The Complete Guide to Taking Tests and Exams — and reveal my top clues for choosing the correct response when you don’t know the answer.
In this article, let’s look at some tips for popular types of test questions: [Read more…]