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Alabama State University students can stop by the Testing Center to get pencils, sharpen pencils, use the stapler for your research papers, hole puncher and tape for bulletin board and other projects.  The Testing Center also provides workshops on Testing Strategies, Test Anxiety Management and how to prepare for exams.

We know that learning is influenced by attitude and motivation, environment (space, time, lighting, sound), learning habits and preferences.  The new Student Success Center in the Testing Center is designed to help you (ASU student) become a successful learner and to live and work effectively in our increasingly diverse, global society.  The center is also available for proctoring and distance learning services.



With the Helpful Information Below "YOU CAN P.A.S.S"

Test anxiety is a problem frequently experienced by college students.  Almost every student who takes a test feels some anxiety, but for some the feeling is so intense that it affects their performance - with serious results.  Test anxiety can be managed if you understand what causes it.  To help you gain control of your test anxiety, use the P. A. S. S. method described below:


Test anxiety is caused in large part by inadequate or ineffective exam preparation.  If you do not use effective study strategies, you will not have reviewed and understood the course information sufficiently to perform well on the test.  Additional actions you can take to prepare effectively for tests include:

• Talk to your professor.  Ask for suggestions on how to study for his/her tests.

• Setup office visits with your professor.



Part of the problem with test anxiety is a vicious cycle of fear-avoidance-more fear.  It is possible that at one time in your prior school experiences you performed poorly on a test.  As a result, you became fearful of tests because they meant negative things like failure, ridicule, scolding, etc.  To deal with your fear, you avoided tests, resulting in poor preparation, poor performance, and increased fear about tests (“I never do well on tests!”).

You must identify the sources of your test anxiety before you can begin to eliminate or reduce their power over you.  The other major sources of test anxiety are your negative thoughts and unrealistic expectations.  Identify the thoughts that increase your anxiety.  Corrective reasoning will directly result in reduced anxiety.  Other ideas to eliminate irrational thinking:

• Accept that you will feel anxious in a test.  Accept that you will run into questions you can’t answer, so there is no reason to get upset when it happens.

• Daydream before a test.  Fill your mind with pleasant thoughts to push out the anxiety.

• Visualize before a test.  Mentally rehearse what it will be like to succeed.  Visualize taking the test successfully.

• Focus.  If you can’t answer a question, focus your thoughts on answering the next one, not on catastrophic thoughts that you won’t know the remaining questions.

• Praise yourself.  Tell yourself “I can do this.”  “I’m doing fine.”  “One question at a time.”  “This isn’t as bad as I thought.”

Even if you don’t totally believe what you’re saying, your mind doesn't’t really know that.  If you think more rational thoughts, you will automatically feel and act in more positive ways, despite your level of belief in what you say.  The more you practice thinking rationally, the easier it becomes, and you will eventually believe it.


There are test-taking strategies that can help you improve your performance on tests.  Ask your professor for suggestions on taking his/her tests.  Additionally, consider these strategies: 

• Come to the test early, with all materials necessary such as paper, “blue book,” scrantons, plenty of writing utensils, etc. (take some time to relax, stretch, and breathe deeply).

• Listen to music that has a relaxing effect on you as you walk to class or wait in the classroom.

• Don’t do last minute cramming or “obsessing” with classmates before a test.  This is guaranteed to increase your anxiety and do little to substantially improve your test score.

• Wear comfortable clothing.


Practice stress management on a regular basis and before each test.  Stress management includes relaxation techniques, good health habits, and positive self-talk.

• Get adequate sleep before a test.  Cramming all night may get you through some tests, but in the long run is ineffective for adequate college performance.  And, for some subjects, cramming just does not work to learn the material.

• Eat food with nutritional value, especially the day of an exam.

• Limit your intake of substances that tend to negatively affect your concentration.

• Do a ten-minute relaxation exercise before you leave for a test.  This can be visualization, meditation or muscle relaxation.





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