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Test Anxiety

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by kypreos, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. kypreos

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    I have had really bad test anxiety throughout my college career but i have never really felt it as bad as it is now studying for the mcat. My anxiety is through the rood, that i feel anxious even while studying because i understand the amount of material that must be covered to score succesfully on test day. I have to keep my breathing in check during studying and i find myself exhausted about 45 minutes into it. If there are any tips for people out there with test anxiety please help me out. I have even tried herbal supplements like kava kava extract, stacking passionflower and valerian root. Im not asking for medical advice but i have got serious test anxiety and was wondering if there are any tricks or anything you guys would suggest that would help me focus and concentrate without bieng stressed out all the godamn time. I just keep thinking how important this test is and how i have to understand each concept and its driving me insane. Im sure someone else has gone through it and for those people what did people tell you when you were goiing nutzo about this test?
     
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    I suffer from test anxiety as well (only on standardized tests for some reason).

    I have learned for the MCAT you really can not know everything. And chances are everything will not show.

    You really need to work on reading comprehension and understanding. Because, you will get passages that you never thought about no matter how much you study.

    You need to study enough to be familiar enough with the material to handle a passage on it. Not write academic work.


    And this is what helped me too. I realized that I could take it again unlike exams I have in class. So, it is not that bad. You can get a redo.

    PLus, you can void it if you know you are getting owned.


    This is a spin zone! It's all about how you can fit it around your mind!
     
  3. kypreos

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    I guess your right its just reviewing the material enough to be able to answer crazy passages youve never imagined you would have ever have to see in your entire life. thanks for the advice man. duely noted. im slashing this mcat down the 31st
     
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    No, anxiety like that is not normal. You arn't even taking an exam. Personally I am worried about it too and don't know too many people who are completely OK with studying this material - but having to control breathing and taking suppliments that are not working?

    I'm not out to be an ass, but that is going to drive me insane too. This is also a big step but one of many more to come. If you've had this problem before with exams, I would seek professional help and not let studying get to you now. It only gets harder man.

    Good luck.
     
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    I have seen a specialist about my anxiety(psychiatrist) and have gone through different types of methods to help me relieve it months ago. so i istopped seeying the psych and now my family and i have had a falling out and money is VERY tight, i dont even know how im going to find the money to APPLY to med school. and this stress is messing me up. im gonna try taking a couple practice tests and see how i do. If i end up pulling the SAME score then ill see what i will see my doctor.
     

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