Watch Your Attitude

images_figures_14fig09How you feel about a test can dramatically affect how you do on it. If it’s a do-or-die test your anxiety can get in the way of your thinking, fogging otherwise clear answers. So remember to emotionally as well as mentally prepare yourself for a successful test.

What’s the worst thing that can happen? You can fail the test! You can be so anxious that you do something you otherwise know is wrong. You’re nervous. And you’re excited. Psychologists suggest that if you are emotionally prepared to accept either a positive or negative outcome you can more easily focus on making it positive. Failing a test on the first attempt really isn’t the end of the world. Learn what you can from the experience and do better next time.

Of course, what you’re working toward is a positive result. Fortunately, your instructor wants to help you pass the test. So do the examiners. So do I. Everyone is rooting for you. Keep a positive attitude and, combined with your knowledge and skills, you will succeed.