Anxiety: How to Manage

Preparing for the SAT, ACT, and any other standardized test can be nerve-wrecking! If test taking awakens your anxiety, you are not alone. According to a 2010 study, 61% of students are affected by test taking anxiety at least some of the time while 26% feel anxiety every time testing takes place. In Dealing with SAT and ACT Anxiety, Suzanne Shaffer shares some tips on managing anxiety and conquering your test. Interested? Read on!

While anxiety is a normal emotion that we can’t rid ourselves entirely of, we can manage it so that it doesn’t control our life or our standardized test results. How? Kill anxiety with familiarity, preparation, perspective, and a back up plan. Here’s how it works:

1. Familiarity. The more you become familiar with a subject or experience, the less terrifying it will be. Don’t neglect to take practice tests! Familiarity leads to comfort and comfort reduces anxiety.

2. Preparation. You won’t be nervous if you are adequately prepared! Familiarity and preparation go hand in hand. Get familiar with the task at hand and prepare to conquer it. When you’re prepared you will naturally be more confident and confidence eliminates anxiety.

3. Perspective. While you’re test scores are important, a less than perfect score is not going to ruin your future! Don’t psyche yourself up worrying about what ifs before they even occur. A positive outlook is key!

4. Back Up Plan. Still worried? Be sure to schedule your test early enough to ave time to take it again. 55% of high school juniors retake the SAT as seniors to improve their score. Click here for more statistics!