Before Your Test: ✓ Be prepared! -Learn your material thoroughly. ✓ Practice, practice, practice! ✓ Analyze, analyze, analyze. ✓ Exercise is said to sharpen the mind. ✓ Get a good night's sleep before the exam. ✓ Approach the exam with confidence: View the exam as an opportunity to show how much you've studied and to receive a reward for the studying you have done. ✓ If you are taking the exam somewhere other than your classroom, go to the room in which you'll be taking the test and familiarize yourself with it. Ifpossible, pick out the best place in the room for your test taking style. ✓ Do not go to the exam with an empty stomach: Fresh fruits and vegetables are often recommended to reduce stress. Stressful foods can include processed foods, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, junk foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, foods containing preservatives or heavy spices, and chips and similar snack foods. Eat foods that will give you long-lasting energy and avoid foods that give you a short energy burst. ✓ Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers. ✓ Bring soothing objects to the testing room with you (if permitted). ✓ Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive for class and study. Schedule your time so that you will arrive early for your test, but not too early since other people's panic can be contagious. ✓ Relax just before the exam. ✓ Do not try to do a last minute review.
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