Managing Test Anxiety

·         Know your material well and prepare thoroughly. 

·         Schedule study time wisely to avoid cramming. 

·         Be familiar with test taking strategies.

·         Learn coping skills for anxiety:


-Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. 

-Decrease use of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other substances. 

-Exercise daily.

·         Substitute negative thoughts and feelings with rational, positive statements. 

·         Set reasonable expectations.

·         Seek help if you have difficulty managing excessive anxiety: 

-Tutoring and Academic Assistance Programs: 5-6307

-Student Counseling Center: 5-6716

-Health Services:  5-6693


Relaxation Exercises

·         Tense and hold muscles throughout body for 10 seconds.  Relax and repeat. 

·         Take a deep breath, hold it for 10 seconds.  Exhale through your mouth.  Repeat.

·         Take a deep breath, hold for 10 seconds, and squeeze both hands into tight fists at the same time.  Exhale and relax.  Repeat. 

·         Tense the muscles in your feet for 10 seconds.  Relax and repeat. 

·         Close your eyes and repeat positive affirmations to yourself. 


Info from: UI Tutoring and Academic Assistance Programs