Test Taking Strategies and Test Anxiety

Test Taking Strategies and Test Anxiety


This workshop is intended to help you learn the following:



Are tests accurate in determining how much you know or don't know about a subject?

What do tests really measure? Do tests measure . . .



how well you can do in the world of work?

your ability to contribute to society?

The answer is . .. . NO!

testanxiety.jpg A test score is ONLY a measure of what a student scored on a test.


•         If you are very anxious, and blank out, then your grade can not measure what you learned.

•         The reverse is also true. If you are good at taking tests and a lucky guesser, the score won't be an accurate reflection of what you have learned.


.....So, don't underestimate the importance of tests, BUT, be sure to keep them in perspective!


Physical aspects (Do any of these sound familiar?)

 Mental aspects


But remember . . . Anxiety is learned, therefore it can be unlearned!!


!!!!!!!!Warning: Lack of preparation often disguises itself as Test-Anxiety!!!!!!

Set the Stage for Success. Avoid Test Anxiety by Being Prepared!


Test Preparation really begins the first day of class. When studying, cover all the material taught in class as well as work assigned from your textbook.  If you don't wait until the night before the test, it is very possible to cover all the material.


Before the test . . .

During the Test . . .


After the test . . .





Venn Diagram






Three Aids for Test Anxiety


I. Reframing.   

Become aware of your thoughts.

"I am not going to do well on this test."

 Reframe  it to:

 *    "I have passed tests before."

*    "I have made it to college."

*    "I don't have to love the subject, but I will do my best."


II. Imaginary rehearsal

                             *     Rehearse a desired behavior

                             *     Visualize turning in a successful exam

                             *     Focus on the exam, nothing else


III. Muscle Relaxation

Pay attention to signs in your body of tension and anxiety and be prepared to practice muscle relaxation techniques early on before the anxiety increases! For more information on muscle relaxation techniques, try these sites.


Remember to cope with anxiety by:


•      Approaching the test with an "I can" attitude.

•      Preparing emotionally for the test, controlling your self-talk, and being positive.

•      Reminding yourself that you have studied and that you know the material.


     Don't Sabotage Success . . . Master Test Anxiety!


     For additional information on test anxiety, take time to visit the following webpages:



 Best wishes for a successful semester! If you need any additional assistance, please contact

Enrollment Services and Student Success at (850) 201-8555 or enrollment@tcc.fl.edu.


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