Your palms sweat, your heart races, and you feel like you’re about to explode in a fit of panic. No, you’re not being chased by a hungry bear – although it sure feels that way.
You’re experiencing test anxiety.
Whether you’re a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student preparing for the SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, Bar Exam, Psychologist, MFT, or Social Worker licensing exams, test-taking is no doubt anxiety provoking. But it’s an absolute necessity when pursuing an education and career.
As a clinical psychologist in San Francisco and Marin, I specialize in treating anxiety. Having some anxiety when taking tests is to be expected, and can actually help; but, excessive anxiety can impede performance and even prevent you from passing a test.
How you talk to yourself when you’re taking the exams is as important as knowing all the answers. Thoughts like, “What if I fail?” “What if I didn’t study the right material?” “I’m so overwhelmed,” will significantly increase your anxiety. Being able to effectively manage these types of thoughts is vital in keeping test anxiety at bay.
To help students manage and overcome test anxiety, do their absolute best, and pass any exam with flying colors, I offer online coaching for test anxiety. These coaching sessions help you learn essential skills to combat test anxiety using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills. The coaching is active in learning and practicing anxiety-management strategies focused on passing any test.
“What I liked best about Dr. Orma’s test anxiety workshop was learning practical skills (such as the Pie Chart and the writing exercise before an exam) to manage my test anxiety.”
“I appreciated that Dr. Orma asked each person about their individual anxiety-provoking thoughts, and that he provided specific and general anxiety-diffusing methods.”
“It was helpful learning that other people had the same problem that I did. It also helped me to look at anxiety through a new lens.”
To schedule an online coaching session, please contact me.