Reducing Anxiety

Test Anxiety: When a student excessively worries about doing well on a test and it becomes a major hindrance on test performance. Test anxiety can cause extreme nervousness and memory lapses, among other symptoms.

Tips for reducing test-taking anxiety:

  • Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test-taking anxiety.
  • Develop a positive attitude while preparing for the test.
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the test.
  • Stay relaxed; if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself, and then get back to work.
  • Do the simple questions first to help build up confidence for the harder questions.
  • Take at least one five-minute break an hour so that you can gather your thoughts and let your brain relax.
  • Don’t panic. If you feel yourself sweating or hyperventilating, close your eyes and consciously relax any muscles that you’re clenching (jaw, neck, stomach). When you’re calmer, go back to work.
  • Remember, you have put a lot of work into preparing for this exam, and while all the information may not be settled into your head, you know a lot about real estate.