The Education Board defines a Final Examination as a test scheduled within an official examination period. It serves as the final evaluation of student performance in a course. Needless to say, exams come with their share of nervousness and anxiety that most students have faced at some or the other time. While it’s complete-ly normal to feel nervous before a test, some students find test anxiety sapping. Moving thoughts, inability to focus, or feelings of apprehension can combine with physical symptoms like headache, increased heartbeat, nausea etc. The key to success of these tests is how to relieve ourselves from the mental blocks and it in turn comes out with flying colours.

What are the causes of Test Anxiety?
It includes fear of failure, lack of proper preparation, or even not-so-good past experiences of tak-ing tests. Relax! You’re not the only one. This is what you can do to stay calm leading up to and during your exams.

1. Prep Yourself
It is needless to say, but it bears reiterating. If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you will feel more confident going into the examination hall. Read Sanjiv Prakashan books to review tough concepts or questions. Our books can provide that extra boost you need to feel composed and confident.

2. Ensure good sleep at night
Having an adequate rest of up to 8 to 9 hours is likely to be more beneficial than rereading a text until early morning. Mugging up is never the answer, and studying through the night can increase your nerves.

3. Reach Exam Hall well in time
Start getting ready for the test the night before. Start by setting an alarm. Wake up early in the morning, leave home on time, and reach the centre before time.

4. Let Go of Perfectionism
You may have been a perfectionist until now who went into exams with the feeling that you have studied everything. It can be emo-tionally difficult to let go of perfectionism, but you must try. Remind yourself that your upcoming exam is important, but your entire fu-ture doesn't depend on this exam.

5. Do Anxiety Control.
Procedure to reduce your tension. Its a simple exercise and many students have found that it really helps lower anxiety to a great extent.
• Close your eyes.
• Breathe in slowly to the count of ten, and exhale to the count of ten.
• Continue this slow breathing until you actually feel your body begin to relax.
• Open your eyes and tell your self (“You are going to do well. You have prepared well. You’re doing the best you can.")

6. Change your perspective
Getting a few more marks here and there is not going to make much of a difference. What you learn and how many things you grasp right now will make a world of difference. Sure, everyone wants good grades, but what’s more important is what you actually learn and retain, along with the experiences and relationships you’re building outside of class.

7. Surround yourself with positive people
Who you spend your time with matters a lot, so try to stay away from negative people. Their words should not influence you. What is important is you and your self-image.

8. Eat or drink dark chocolate
They work as good stress relievers as they help release dopamine, the pleasure hormone in your body.

Always remember that exams are just a part of your life, not life it-self. Don’t measure your value on the basis of your marks.