|Overcoming Test Anxiety during the Patent Bar Exam
You're bound to have at least a little test anxiety the day you go in to take the Patent Bar exam. After all, if you spent a decent amount of time preparing, you have at least that much riding on your success. No one wants to re-take it, so what can you do to calm your nerves?
Well first you should realize that it's only natural to have at least a little test anxiety. It may even be a benefit to you. In fact, a little anxiety and nervousness will help you make it through all the questions within the time limit. You don't want to be completely laid back during the Patent Bar or you may not make it through it (the last thing you want is to take a nap after lunch while at your computer terminal).
The problem occurs for those who experience severe signs of test anxiety. These signs may include rapid heart beat, nasuea, upset stomach, and headaches. Obviously, if you experience symptoms like these, it's not going to help you out any. It may even result in you not finishing the exam, or scoring poorly due to lack of concentration.
So what can you do to overcome severe test anxiety?
Well the first thing is to boost your confidence about the Patent Bar exam. You can only achieve this by taking the time to understand the tested material, answering practice questions, and becoming familiar with the organization of the MPEP. The more confident you are about the exam, the less likely you will be to experience severe test anxiety.
Another thing you can do to ease your nerves is make sure you won't be in for any surprises the day of the exam. You should drive by the test facility a few days before your scheduled exam date and locate everything you need for the test (like your identification and admission ticket) and set it aside. Be sure you get a good night's sleep the night before so you can wake up with enough time to get ready. If you're going to be traveling to the test center during rush hour, give yourself plenty of time to arrive early.
Most studies show that eating a breakfast rich in vegetables or fruit can help lower outbreaks of stress. On the other hand, stay away from foods and drinks loaded with caffeine if you can help it.
Lastly, spend some time visualizing your success. If you follow these tips, test anxiety shouldn't bring you down the day of the Patent Bar exam. Remember, if you've prepared well, you really have nothing to feel anxious or nervous about.