Don't cram--prepare

You are stressed out! No sleep, too much caffeine, and you are wondering "how in the world am I going to get through this test." Simple steps can put your mind more at ease and lessen your anxiety.

LSAT direct : streamlined review and strategic practice from the leader in LSAT preparation.
New York, NY : Kaplan Pub., c2009.
More people get into law school with a Kaplan Lsat course than with all other major courses combined.
The anxious test-taker's guide to cracking any test
by the staff of The Princeton Review.
New York, NY : Random House, c2009.
It might seem like high school, college and graduate school are all about tests: standardized tests for college and grad school admissions, and in-class exams given in course after course, subject after subject. If youíre anxious about the onslaught of testing during your school years, look no further.The Anxious Test-Takerís Guide to Cracking Any Testwill help you get over the testing anxiety (for ANY test) by giving you strategies and advice on how to succeed on all kinds of exams. The experts at the Princeton Review have been sharing their test prep techniques in popular test specific study guides for years, but these techniques are not limited to specific exams. The same strategies that help students ace the SAT, GRE, ACT, GMAT, LSAT and other major tests often apply to ANY school exam.The Anxious Test-Takerís Guide to Cracking Any Testlays out specific test-taking tips that students can apply to any test from high school through college, and beyond. Whether you need help with math, verbal, concentration, staying calm, pacing, or figuring out what to focus on,The Anxious Test-Takerís Guide to Cracking Any Testprovides important guidance. The Anxious Test-Takerís Guide to Cracking Any Testincludes researched philosophy and science behind studying for and taking tests, as well as feel-good advice for nervous test takers. There are test question examples, a special section with test-specific information, and information on getting help ó tutoring, books, online sample tests ó before any test.
Gruber's essential guide to test taking. Grades 3-5
Gary Gruber.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2008.
Using the exclusive Gruber methods, this book will give parents and teachers strategies to "nip in the bud" any faulty thinking approaches when it comes to education and testing and enforce the correct approaches.
Test-taking power strategies.
New York : Learning Express, c2007.
Taking a test can be nerve-wracking, especially when your future is riding on the results. And any kind of test-from high-stakes academic tests to career qualification exams-can be faced successfully with Test-Taking Power Strategies. Simple but invaluable tips to ace any test: the most effective ways to memorize, the 5 classic methods to overcome test anxiety, the right (and wrong) way to cram, the 10 most common test-day problems-and solutions, how test makers try to distract you, how to become an educated guesser, how to predict the subjects for essay questions in advance. More Essential Features and Strategies: Exclusive reviews covering critical basic writing skills for taking essay exams, Practice with various kinds of test questions, Help with real-world problems, such as anxiety and insufficient preparation time, Improve your skills in the elements of study, from breaking down assignments into manageable sections to getting the most out of readings and lectures. Book jacket.
The exam skills handbook : achieving peak performance
Stella Cottrell.
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
To succeed, preparation is the key and The Exam Skills Handbook: Achieving Peak Performance coaches you through the entire examination process, helping you realise your personal best. Tackling the most frequently asked questions such as 'What do examiners really want?' and 'What should I revise?', this book offers a practical step-by-step programme for every aspect of your exams: Not sure how to revise? Use the 'ready-made' revision sessions provided here to give you clear guidelines and ideas, Not sure where you are going wrong? Use the activities and structured reflections to identify the strategies that work for you, Anxious about exams? Use the suggested techniques for achieving mental calm so you can approach the paper with confidence, Concerned about your memory? Use tactics that build your interest and enjoyment, At whatever exam stage you are at, The Exam Skills Handbook will energise your exam preparation and give you the edge to succeed. Book jacket.
How to get A's in college
Frances Northcutt, special editor.
Atlanta : Hundreds of Heads Books, LLC, c2007.
Getting in was only the beginning. You've got four years (maybe more) of college ahead, and you want to make the most of them. Everyone tells you that college is really different than high school, and they're right. Are you ready to succeed?

Firstly, inhale and exhale deeply. Lift your shoulders up and down. Relaxation exercises can help reduce the tension.  Listen to music, tell yourself you will do well on the test, or just relax in your favorite chair. 

By relaxing your muscles, your mind can be more focused on what you need to study. Have a plan of action to get ready for the test.  Do you know what kind of test it will be? Is it multiple choice, essay, written, verbal, timed, or open-ended?

If you are unsure of the instructions, raise your hand and ask the instructor. Sometimes other test takers have the same questions, so listen if the instructor explains something to the entire class.

There are ways to make taking test easier. Learn what you can do before and during the test to assure the best possible score.

Take the quiz

It is always important to try to pace yourself. If you have extra time, go back over each question. Try to have a good nightís sleep the night before. A clear and alert mind is important.

Lastly, make sure you attempt to answer every question. When not sure, guess. A blank answer will definitely be wrong; a guess has a 50:50 chance of being the right answer. Often a first guess is usually the right answer. Good luck!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff