10 Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety

Taking the MCAT in the upcoming weeks?

Think about this – Confidence, along with preparation, plays a big role in test-taking. Your mental state and psychology play an important role in your decision-making ability, focus capacity, and the consequent results. In preparation for your upcoming test, here are 10 tips on how to reduce anxiety and create a more confident you:

1. View the exam as an opportunity to show off how much you studied and to reward yourself for the time you put into this exam.

2. Choose a comfortable spot for taking the test with good lighting and less distraction.

3. Show up early! There is nothing worse than running into the test with the anxiety produced by rushing.

4. Avoid negativity. Do not surround yourself with unprepared and anxious fellow students who can distract your confident state of mind.

5. Get in a quick workout! Exercise helps sharpen the mind and improves your mood by releasing endorphins, which trigger a positive or euphoric feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.

6. Don’t study the night before. Cramming is not healthy for your mental state.

7. Get a good night’s sleep!

8. Eat well to feel well. Eat real food (not processed food) before the test to support cognitive functioning and reduce stress levels.

9. Use nerves to your advantage! It’s impossible to get rid of nerves completelyl, so use the adrenaline your body releases to motivate you and to get the most out of your body.

10. Take deep breaths. You got this!

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About the Author

Yosepha Greenfield grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Yale, she was the Captain of the Women’s Basketball team and the starting point guard. Under her leadership, the team advanced to the NIT tournament for the first time in program history.

Throughout her academic, athletic, and professional career, Yosepha has dedicated herself to helping people become the best version of themselves. She has mentored several young female athletes, promoted the importance of fitness through children’s exercise videos and fitness startups, and now works to help as many students as possible achieve their admissions goals.

Yosepha is also a six-time National Champion in Tae Kwon Do.