Many students can’t get away with the jitters when taking the ACT. Test anxiety comes in various forms and degrees. There are those who literally “freeze” and their minds go blank, particularly when encountering difficult questions.

Test anxiety can happen before, during and after taking an exam. Be wary of it because it can hamper your full potential when tackling the ACT. What are effective ways to manage ACT test anxiety?

1. Know what to expect on the big day of test. Steer clear of surprises when it comes to taking the ACT. Don’t go blindly when hurdling this feat, so to speak. If you’re taken aback or intimidated by this event, you’ll be distressed. That’s why it is important to adhere to a trusty test prep program before taking the ACT, especially by going through practice tests. It will give you a “feel” of what the real thing is like, so come the big day, you can handle it like a pro.

2. Sufficiently study in advance. It’s a major no-no to get complacent for the ACT. Don’t think that you can make your way through it by studying at the last minute. By golly, you’re going to be panicky and frazzled if you do so. A foolproof tip to performing well on your test is to study in advance, and do lots of it. To make your test prep engaging, you can enroll in an online ACT program and avail of the plethora of study resources that they provide.

3. Become familiar with your testing center. A few days before taking the test, take a trip to your designated testing center. Doing so can have you passing over potential problems on your test day that may otherwise stress you, such as getting lost. Locate your testing room earlier, too, so that you can skip being frazzled and disoriented on the final day.

4. Have all your requirements ready the night before. Prior to heading out to your testing center, all the items in your checklist should be packed in your bag. Check if you have your valid ID, admission ticket, at least a couple of #2 pencils, a good-quality eraser along with an approved calculator. See to it that you have no worries about your requirements for your ACT day.

5. Go to bed early. Sleep early on the night before your test so that you won’t feel tired the next day. If you have enough sleep, you’ll feel refreshed when you wake up. It’ll do wonders to your nerves.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast. Don’t skip your breakfast (the most important meal of the day) on your ACT day. Make it protein-filled to boost your energy and cognitive skills. Leave out sugary foods and drinks because they’ll make you feel sluggish.

7. Think positive. Don’t succumb to negative thinking- it leads to anxiety. Whenever distractingly anxious and downcast thoughts besiege you, simply shout in your mind “STOP!” Encourage yourself and believe that you can do it and avoid the company of other test-takers that are laden with negative notions about the ACT.

Ample test prep and studying for the ACT, along with staying positive and keeping yourself healthy can save you from test anxiety and make you an enthusiastic go-getter who can ace your test.

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