Avoid Rushing or Panicking

If you hope to do well on a test, rushing and panicking are two things that you should avoid at all costs. Let’s take a detailed look at both of these issues.


When used in reference to test-taking, rushing means that you are hurrying and trying to complete questions as quickly as possible. This can lead to careless mistakes and cause you to leave out important details in your responses.

There are a few reasons why students rush during tests. Some students seem to believe that a test is a contest to see who can finish first. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, however, as students who only use a small portion of their available time often end up with the lowest marks. Plan to use all of the time that you are given to ensure that all of the questions are answered thoroughly. Another reason that students rush is that they spend too much time on one or two questions, and then find that they have only minutes left to complete the remaining sections. This problem can be solved by giving yourself a set amount of time to complete each question and sticking to the time limit that you set.


When a student panics during an exam, he or she experiences feelings of distress, fright, nervousness, and agitation. These types of feelings have several causes. Some students simply get nervous during tests, regardless of how well prepared they are. Often, some deep breathing is enough to help the student relax. Panic can also set in if a student realizes that they don’t know an answer to a question. In this case, the student should remind himself that it is just a single question, and that getting a single question wrong doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is going to fail or get a bad grade. In this case, it’s usually best for the student to simply move on to the other questions and come back to the one that is causing them distress. Panic can also set in if a student is running out of time. Again, the best way to address this problem is to use the allotted time wisely.
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