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• Try to think positive and maintain positive attitude giving the test.
• Once in the hall, take time to settle down and set your table.
• Ignore symptoms of anxiety and focus on your task.
• Do not hurry into reading the question paper.
• Read the directions slowly and carefully. If there are any doubts clarify with the instructor, teacher or invigilator.
• Feel comfortable before you start your answers.
Budget the time and plan the answers. Allocate time for each question.
• Do the simple questions first to help you build up your confidence for the harder questions.
• Choose the best known questions if choices are available.
• If you do not know a question, move on to the next after leaving some space; try it later. If not sure of an answer, do not spend long time thinking and recalling answers. Go to the next question. Handle the less known questions later.
• Leave space after each answer so that you can add later if you need to.
• Do not worry about supplementary sheets that others are taking.
• Try and revise your answers finally. Try to finish a little earlier. Then go through the paper to correct mistakes/ underline important points etc. Highlight important points – underline, write in capital etc.
• If you are feeling stressed during a test, try relaxation techniques , such as :
• Take in a deep breath, and then take it out. Try to release the
tension with each breath you exhale.
• Tighten up your hand or feet muscles for 5 seconds and then
release the tension to keep you relaxed. Repeat this couple of
• Visualize a peaceful and relaxing setting to feel light and relaxed.
• If you experience extreme test anxiety even after following these tips, seek help from your school counsellor.

“The true art of memory is the art of alteration”

– Samuel Johnson