How To Overcome Anxiety Before Exams


Most students experience some level of anxiety during an exam. However, when anxiety affects exam performance it has become a problem.

General preparation/building confidence:

1. Developing good study habits and strategies (a link to our directory).

2. Managing time (dealing with procrastination, distractions, laziness).

3. Organizing material to be studied and learned and take a step by step approach to build a strategy and not get overwhelmed outside pressures.

4. Success/failure consequences (grades, graduation), peer pressure, competitiveness, etc.

5. Reviewing your past performance on tests to improve and learn from experience.

Test preparation to reduce anxiety

1. Approach the exam with confidence.

2. Be prepared.

3. Choose a comfortable location for giving the exam.

4. Allow yourself plenty of time.

5. Avoid thinking you need to cram just before.

6. Strive for a relaxed state of concentration.

7. A program of exercise.

8. Get a good night’s sleep.

9. Don’t go to the exam with an empty stomach.

10. Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress.

11. Take a small snack, or some other nourishment.

During The Exam:

  1.  Read the directions carefully.
  2.  Budget your exam giving time.
  3. Change positions to help you relax.
  4.  If you go blank, skip the question and go on.
  5.  If you’re giving an exam and you go blank on the whole exam, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind.
  6. Don’t panic when students start handing in their papers. There’s no reward for finishing first.


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