• STAAR tips for combating test anxiety

    What causes test anxiety?

    • The expectation that you will not do well on the test
    • Not being prepared and worrying about past tests, how others are doing on the test, and what might happen if you fail


    How does your body feel?

    • “Butterflies” in your stomach, stomach pains, or nausea
    • Headache
    • Tense muscles
    • Feeling like you might pass out
    • Sweating
    • Shaking


    How to combat test anxiety

    • Be prepared
    • Study early, often and effectively
    • Learn and use memory cues
    • Write down any formulas you might need before you start the test so that you don’t worrying about forgetting them


    Be comfortable

    • Wear comfortable clothes
    • Dress in layers so that you won't be too hot or too cold
    • If possible, get up and stretch occasionally
    • Change positions in your seat


    Encourage yourself

    • Maintain a positive attitude when studying and while taking the test
    • Use positive reinforcement – tell yourself, "I can do this!"



    • Don't panic
    • Avoid talking to other students who are nervous or saying negative things
    • Visualize a peaceful setting
    • Take deep breaths
    • Relax your muscles
    • Take your time
    • Skip questions you don't know and come back to them later
    • Don't worry about how fast other people are going
    • Use your time wisely


    Take care of yourself

    • Eat a healthy breakfast
    • Avoid caffeinated drinks and other foods that increase anxiety
    • Get a good night's sleep
    • Get regular exercise for a few days before taking the test