Utah State University Logo

Academic Resource Center

04Jul2015

ARTsySTEM: The Changing Climates of the Arts and Sciences

This exhibits showcases works of art that share a…

04Jul2015

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States

This exhibit showcases, for the first time, the…

04Jul2015

Explore the country of Afghanistan with the USU Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology is exploring and the country…

04Jul2015

Saturday Climbing Wall -- Swaner EcoCenter

The Swaner EcoCenter indoor, wetland-themed climbing wall…

04Jul2015

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: The Musical -- Lyric Repertory Company

This award-winning and wildly theatrical musical kicks…

More events

CONNECT WITH US

Blogger Facebook Twitter You Tube RSS

Practice What You Have Learned


test stress

Apply what you have learned about managing test anxiety by responding to the following scenario¹:

As Brian begins his final exam in English, he thinks, “I have to do well on this test to keep my ‘B’ average.” As he scans the first essay question on Rappaccini's Daughter, he realizes that he only vaguely remembers reading it. All that Brian can remember is that it is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He begins to think: “There's no way I can answer this question and it’s worth 25 points! I'll flunk the test if I can't answer this question!” Brian feels himself starting to panic; his mind goes blank; he can't focus or recall anything he's studied.


1. What caused Brian's anxiety?


Check your answer.

2. T F Brian's thoughts are self–defeating.


Check your answer.

3. Choose two test anxiety management techniques that you would advise Brian to use in this situation.

 
Challenge self-defeating thoughts
Thought-stopping
Recognize your control
Deep breathing

 
Imagery and visualization
Muscle relaxation
Avoid stress triggers

Review techniques


4. How would Brian use these techniques?


For additional information or assistance with test anxiety, contact the Academic Resource Center or Counseling Center.

¹Adapted from Self–Management for College Students: The ABC approach