Lots of people get nervous before taking a test. But there are ways to help yourself calm your nerves and be prepared. Try these tips to make sure that you’re in a good state of mind on test day!
Take plenty of time to prepare for each test. Use prep materials to get used to the test’s structure and guidelines. Look up the available instructions on taking computer- and paper-based tests for each exam.
Use sample questions and exercises. Examples of authentic questions and previously used topics are often available, as well as sample tests. Use these to get as much practice as you can before taking the actual exam.
Simulate the test situation. Practice taking the test — even if you’re taking it at home. Allow yourself only the time given for the actual test. Practice working through sections as quickly and effectively as possible, identifying and focusing on areas where you need to improve.
Take advantage of all the resources available to you. The more you know about a test and how it is scored, the more efficiently you can approach it. Use the internet as a resource.
Follow directions. This is critical — read all of the instructions thoroughly and completely before beginning. Don’t worry if you don’t know an answer — concentrate on each question, and do the best you can, but don’t spend too much time on any one item. Be aware of your time, making sure you have enough to answer every question.
Be relaxed and confident. Get plenty of sleep the night before you take the test, and remember that the more rested and better prepared you are, the more comfortable you’ll be during the test.