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Before you take the test, put yourself in a light trance or state of relaxation and give yourself suggestions saying that you are confident that you know the material and that you complete the test easily. Make it present tense. Tell yourself that you will remember to check your answers and feel confident as you successfully complete the test. On the day of the test, take a few minutes to relax before you begin. This will work for a mid-term, the SATs,the bar exam, or whatever other test you are taking. It works better than staying up all night cramming, which just makes your mind feel fuzzy and increases your anxiety.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|