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    How to control exam anxiety?

    Hi,
    I am preparing for civil services examination. I am not able to control my anxiety about IAS Exam. Can you suggest some tips to control exam anxiety?

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    Study, study, study. The more prepared you are the less anxious you will be.

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    I agree. It's preparation. When you are prepared, you are confident. Confidence overcomes any anxiety.
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    My approach to everything including tests is if it doesn't kill me no big deal. Preparation helps relax you because it gives you confidence but do your best and remember failing doesn't make you a loser if you don't let it.
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    Anxiety comes from fear. Fear of failure means you're either not prepared, or you've invested yourself in something and you've got a lot riding on it.
    I had to take state exams for a business license. Talk about fear. This has to do with state business law, accounting practices and such, completely foreign to most HVAC techs. I was prepared, but I had just put in my 2 week notice, and had a lot riding on it because I have a wife and 3 kids.
    So, I told myself to calm down, took a breath and said what's the worst that can happen? I'd have to re-take the test, I wasn't going to jail, or getting drawn and quartered. Lucky enough, I passed both law and business portions and had time to spare.
    You'll do fine. Like the others said, preparation is key.
    "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing" Socrates

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    Stop thinking about negative outcomes.

    Start thinking about positive outcomes. Such as:
    "When I pass this test, I will be able to..."
    "I will pass this test because..."

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    What's the worst that can happen,...you do not pass, are you typically a high achiever and pass most everything from high school on, or a regular person who has your typical set backs? My understanding is that Abraham Lincoln ( considered the greatest President by some ) had tremendous set backs in politics. Even Harry Truman who was hesitant and was coached into running for the VP slot. He took over the Presidency during the end of WW2 after Roosevelt passing, and was re elected and considered one of the better presidents. The Buck stops here was his line..He was the only president who had a song named after him ( by a very famous soft rock band ) that I'm aware of ..., but that's another story..

    You studied as best as you can, your competing against others who have the same concerns as you, so to me your on the same playing field. Believing in yourself brings confidence...
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    After studying well ahead of time get a good nights rest. Be there early for the test and read each question carefully. And realize if you do fail you will just be better prepared for the next time.
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    I was going to add my two cents but these guys got it all. Great input. A lot of very well seasoned smart guys come here.

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    Sometimes no matter how well prepared, how hard we try to clear our minds or try to think positive, we can't control the anxiety.
    Speak to your doctor, explain the situation, a very low dose of something like lorezapam might help. There are also medical conditions like hyperthyroidism that can produce symptoms similar to anxiety.
    Be sure to test your reaction ahead prior to the event.

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    We all fight our demons. For me a standardized test is no problem.

    Ask me to stand up in front of 100 folks and speak, . As I get older it’s getting easier.

    To the op, just hunker down and study. You will do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raji96 View Post
    Hi,
    I am preparing for civil services examination. I am not able to control my anxiety about IAS Exam. Can you suggest some tips to control exam anxiety?
    Which Civil Service,..ie., Feds, State, County or City? Which Job Description Exam?

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    To me, it is just a game. I do not worry about it.

    Just go in pretend you are playing some smart phone game and don't overthink the questions. There are always some that are confusing as they are written by folks that are not in the trade most of the time.

    90% of the time, your first answer is the right one. Go.... have fun with it.

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