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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 9, 2006

Beat test anxiety

Advertiser Staff

Getting enough sleep and eating breakfast have long been recommended as ways to prepare for stressful testing. With Hawai'i public schools in the midst of standardized testing, here are a few other tips, from the HeartMath institute and endorsed by the American School Counselor Association:

  • Breathe. Breathe deeply, quietly and naturally, four to five seconds on the in-breath and four to five seconds on the out-breath. While you're breathing, try to find an attitude of calmness about the situation. Do this in the days leading up to the test, right before and during the test.

  • Address the what-if questions. Instead of wrestling with negative what-if questions, try posing positive what-if questions, such as: "What if I can remember more than I think I can?" "What if I can feel calmer than I think I can?"

  • Think good thoughts. Remember something that makes you feel good, such as a trip to the amusement park, and hold that feeling for at least 10 seconds.

    Source: Gannett News Service


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