Many bright, well-prepared people suffer mild to extreme test anxiety before, and during, the SAT, LSAT, the Bar Exam, MFT exam, EPPP for psychologists, the GRE, MEDCAP, Real Estate Exam, CPA exams, and more. I work with patients to prepare fully, turning worry and anxiety into excitement and focus, and operate mentally from a place of gratitude for the opportunity these exams offer, seeing the entire experience as a welcomed challenge to make their dreams come true.
Test anxiety is learned, and whatever we’ve learned, can be unlearned and replaced with respect for the purpose of the test, and for yourself for taking on the challenge. Instead of sleepless nights and loss of (or increase in) appetite, your physical self can be a strong foundation for your mental self. What if you were able to study for an important test and instead of thinking: “I can’t focus! This test anxiety is killing me! What if I freak out and blank? What if I fail?” you were able to think “What if I pass? What if it’s actually not a big deal? What if it’s actually kinda fun? Test anxiety? Oh, that’s something I used to have.” Let’s face it, you are choosing to pursue a specific profession for some very important personal reasons. You might even have some passion for this field of study. Respect and passion for your chosen career is much more powerful than fear of exams or test anxiety.
In addition to helping you shift your mindset, I can help with practical test taking strategies and study preparation.
Imagine walking into the test site feeling confident that you are moving to the next level in your life, trusting you know the material well enough to pass, and are actually enjoying the experience. Imagine answering each question while a little voice in the back of your mind says: “Wow….look how much I’ve learned! I forgot I knew this much! This really isn’t as bad as they say.” Imagine thinking, when you absolutely don’t have a clue as to the answer on a tough question, simply thinking “Oh, well, that will just have to one of the ones I miss!” and move on the next question unscathed. Imagine walking out of the test site after completion thinking, “You know, I really think I passed. I really did well. Whatever happens, I know I did my best.” Imagine thinking about your old test anxiety and laughing at the thought of it. Imagine getting notification that you passed.