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    TEST ANXIETY

    A problem that many fire applicants are having that is causing a stumbling block in their pursuit of becoming a firefighter is test anxiety. Many applicants have completely prepared themselves for the examination only to be overcome with test anxiety when they walk into the room. This can be dealt with and brought under control. A small level of adrenalin at the beginning of the exam will keep your mind sharp. The problem occurs when the adrenalin and anxiety are too high, preventing you from concentrating and doing your best in the examination process.

    What can you do to help control test anxiety?

    First and foremost, be well prepared for the exam. Nothing gives you more confidence than knowing you are adequately prepared for the exam. Remember that it is better to have a little anxiety and be well prepared than to have no preparation and no test anxiety.
    Weeks before the actual exam, visualize yourself walking into the exam, sitting down, and getting ready for the exam. For many applicants, this initial start of the exam causes the greatest anxiety. This first 15-20 minutes of the exam is valuable time that you don't want to waste. You may need it at the end of the exam to go over questions you weren't sure of.
    While you are sitting and waiting for the exam to begin, take deep breaths to relax yourself. Visualize yourself scoring well on the examination.
    As you anticipate the exam, think positive. Tell yourself that you are prepared and ready and that you have confidence in your abilities. Try not to put any negative thoughts in your mind such as, "I've never taken this type of exam before." Reverse the negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones: "This will be great practice for this type of examination; I will just do my best."
    Focus on the exam and not the people around you. Keep telling yourself, "I am going to do better on this exam than anyone else here." Tell yourself confident messages.
    Don't waste your time worrying about the consequences of not doing well on the exam.
    Take deep breaths to relax yourself. If you feel overcome by anxiety during the test, put your pencil down, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. It only takes 30-40 seconds. Inhale and exhale deeply. Don't worry about the people around you. Your goal that day is to do the best you can if you need to relax and refocus, do it.
    The day before the exam, eat a good meal that is high in carbohydrates, such as pasta. On exam day, you will be nervous and your anxiety will use up needed energy.
    Be sure to get a good night's sleep.
    Have someone call you to make sure you don't oversleep the morning of the exam.
    If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other. If your car should break down on the way, you could ride along with your friend and still arrive for the exam on time.
    Be sure to allow yourself enough travel time to allow for traffic jams. Nothing will cause more anxiety than arriving for the exam 2-3 minutes late.

    Assistant Chief Brent Collins, Cleveland Fire Dept.
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    Spammer

    This guy keeps posting this stuff

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    Full spammer effect.

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    If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.If you have a friend who is also taking the exam, follow each other.

    this is spam!

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    THIS IS NOT SPAM!!!! THIS IS DOG PILING!!!! You do not need to go to his site if you choose not to. Just move on and quit piling on!!!
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    I've read this thread before.

    First post: Information presented by someone selling something.

    Posts 2-10: SHUTUPWITHYOURSPAMIHATEYOUSHUTUP

    Post 11: Hey, it's not spam, he's just advertising a service and it's helpful. Don't click on it if you don't want. Also, shut up.

    Posts 12-20: SHUTUPIHATEYOUWHYDOYOULOVESPAM

    Post 21: Someone mistakenly posts about their favorite sandwich, mistaking this for a thread about ACTUAL spam.

    Post 22: JLam and others shoot themselves in the face out of frustration.

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    Cool #23

    Yet you keep piling on????
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    Sorry, I was wondering if he had anything for spam anxiety? Considering he has created this same thread numerous times.

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    Default Reducing Test Anxiety

    I ran into a professor named Bob Shutes. He was taking his Coast Guard Certification exam and was amazed when all of his peers flunked the test, twice!

    He put together a one hour seminar on how to study for and take tests, and every single one passed! He has since developed this program into SmarTest Seminars and has made great progress improving test scores and student retention for at risk student, minorities and student athletes.

    He has just written a book called "How To Take Tests Like You Wrote The Book." that summarizes this program. It is available at http://www.knifeislandpublishing.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDudley View Post
    Yet you keep piling on????
    What can I say, I'm a masochist.

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    At least your honest!!! LOL
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