Writing Challenges – Overcoming Test Anxiety

As you know from class, our English Composition classes are issued several writing challenges geared toward helping you practice your writing skills.

Sometimes these challenges contain specific instructions for writing one of the three types of essays you will be tested on, and sometimes they will be generic assignments.


  • Register an user account on the web site so that you can submit your response.
  • Read the question carefully.
  • Pause and think about how you wish to respond to the question.
  • Open up your favorite word processing program (Word, Notepad, etc.)
  • Write your essay! We want to see how you would write if you had to take the test right now.
  • Post your essay as a response to this page. Once you log in, there should be a text box at the bottom of the page under the words “Leave A Reply”. Copy and paste your essay into this section, then click “Submit Comment”. You can choose to leave your name off of this, put a nick name, etc.
  • Watch for a reply! Your instructor will try to review and post comments on these essays as quickly as possible.

Your Overcoming Test Anxiety Writing Challenge:

Part 1: Construct an essay, in proper paragraph format, detailing three strategies you will use to reduce your anxiety over taking the English Composition exam. Construct this essay as a Persuasive essay and convince us that your strategies are the best.

Part 2: Practice writing thesis statements!! A thesis statement should always be specific, announce the subject of the essay, tell the reader what side of the argument you are on, and provide a brief overview of what will be discussed in the essay. Each student should brainstorm to come up with his/her own topics.

4 Responses to “Writing Challenges – Overcoming Test Anxiety”

  • Grandmother says:

    Many people, including myself have test anxiety which causes one stress, apprehension, fearfulness, worry and nervousness which in turn can increase the heart rate and cause butterflies in ones stomach and this leads to nausea. I propose that to combat test anxiety that deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery will lead to a calming and positive effect and will allow me to take the English Composition Exam with confidence. First I will discuss how to do deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation and guided imagery. Next I will discuss the negative effects that test anxiety can have on the body. Finally I will discuss the importance of getting plenty of rest the night before the test, eating a well balanced breakfast, arriving early at the test site, the benefits of having a positive attitude and confidence that I am prepared and ready to take the exam.
    First, when doing deep breathing exercises it is important to relax, place your hand on your abdomen then breathe in through your nose feeling your abdomen rise, hold for a few seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth feeling your abdomen fall as you exhale. Repeat this exercise several times, the more oxygen you get, the less stress and anxiety you feel. Next to help relax your muscles, close your eyes and starting with your head, tense the muscles in your forehead and release, then clench your teeth, release, pull your shoulders up and release, then abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and work down to your toes tightening and releasing each muscle group. When using guided imagery, imagine you are in a place you love, the beach, mountains, the woods with a cool breeze blowing through your hair, what do you see, hear, smell? In conclusion, deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery will help to over come test anxiety before the test begins.
    Next, test anxiety can have negative effects on the body. An increased heart rate can lead to palpitations, in which the heart feels like it is beating fast or even skipping a beat, sweating, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Muscle tension can lead to muscle aches and pains, stiffness and fatigue and can also cause headaches. Test anxiety or constant worrying about passing the exam can weaken the immune system which puts us at risk for infection. In conclusion, over coming test anxiety can lessen the negative effects on the body.
    Finally it is important to get plenty of rest the night before the test. Your body needs to be relaxed and rested to be able to concentrate on the exam. Eat a well rounded breakfast before arriving at the test site, avoid caffeine which can cause nervousness and jitteriness. Allow plenty of time to arrive early at the test site, if you are rushing to get to the test site before the exam starts, you will not be able to concentrate adequately nor be able to relax during the test. Also you need to have a positive attitude and confidence in yourself that you are prepared for the exam and will pass the exam. In conclusion, it is important to get plenty of rest the night before the test, eat a well balanced breakfast, arrive early at the test site, have a positive attitude, and confidence in yourself that you will pass the test.
    Over coming test anxiety can lessen the negative effects being put on my body. Getting plenty of rest before the test, eating a well balanced breakfast, arriving early at the test site and having a positive attitude will help to alleviate test anxiety. Test anxiety causes me to feel stress, apprehension, fearfulness, worry and nervousness, but using deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery will have a calming and positive effect that will allow me to take the English Composition Exam with confidence that I am well prepared and that I will pass this exam

  • andream says:

    English Composition Exam
    The English Composition Exam like all exams cause anxiety; however there are strategies that will enable you to reduce your anxiety level and assist in improving performance during the exam. First we must recognize test anxiety symptoms and underlying causes, understand how these symptoms impede our potential, what strategies can reduce these symptoms, and how to implement those strategies to improve our aptitude as test takers.
    Often when an exam is approaching it is easy to become frustrated and irritable, feelings of hopelessness and dread abound, and you notice a sudden increase in your appetite. These are all symptoms of anxiety often referred to as test anxiety. There are a multitude of physiolocigal and psychosomatic symptoms that can be problematic with test anxiety; these include nervousness, sleep disturbance, gastrointestinal upset, elevated heart rate, headaches, perspiration, dry mouth, feeling confused, difficulty concentrating and understanding, and even blanking out. There are contributing factors that result in these anxieties beginning with prior negative experiences, poor study and time management habits, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and perfectionism. Knowing how these symptoms and their causes can impact your performance is vital to compel you to carry out a change.
    The physiolocigal and psychosomatic symptoms and underlying causes interfere with your ability to succeed. Poor preparation decreases confidence and leads to a lowered self-image, the lower self image then exhibits as worrying more than preparing. Striving to do one’s best is always admirable however; when you set unreasonable goals for yourself you can have the same outcome as poor preparation. These all lead to symptoms that affect our ability to be an effective test taker. When physical symptoms are exhibited they perpetuate others, such as sleep disturbance results in inability to concentrate, feelings of confusion, and even blanking out. These then result in nervousness, elevated heart rate, gastrointestinal upset, and the list can go on of how each of these are intertwined. We must then seek the solution for not only the symptoms but also the causes.
    There are many prescribed ideals for combating text anxiety; however there are only three proven strategies that will produce a reduction in anxiety and improve your ability to perform while taking the English Composition Exam. First, you must create a workable study plan and stick to thus creating good study habits and confidence in your preparation for the exam. When you have the confidence a vast majority of the symptoms dissipate. The second strategy is to practice, practice, and practice some more. There are many practice resources; when you practice and see improvement and competency each time, you relieve your uncertainty about the test itself and your ability to succeed. The most important factor is prayer. For any faith based person, you must pray with believing. There have been numerous studies done on the power of prayer and while many argue why, none argue its effectiveness.
    Concluding, it is clear from the least educated to the scholars, that by preparing in an organized timely fashion, practice implementing what you have learned, and relying on your higher power you will have a successful outcome not only when taking the English Composition Exam but also any other field of study that is pursued.

  • Grandmother says:

    Thesis statements

    In order to met the needs of the ever changing generation of the Nursing Home population, culture change has to become a reality with pulling away from institutional services and become a home and community based environment with the focus being on creating a community where the decor is individualized and home like, activities are offered throughout the day and evening, wireless internet services are available and care is based on resident choices.

    With depression in the Nursing Home environment a major concern that we, as caregivers, are being forced to focus on to better their quality of life and give them hope for a better tomorrow, we have to look at the past, present and future of where our residents have been, where they are at the present and what they are expecting from the future to better serve and to be able to met their needs and expectations in order to enhance their lives and decrease the likelihood of depression.

    Suicide in the teen population has become a major concern that we, as parents, have to be aware of and we need to look for clues, behaviors and suggestions that may be indicating that our teens can’t handle the day to day pressure that society has put on these kids and focus on talking and listening to our children and getting back to the basics that I grew up in where families talked at the dinner table about what was going on in our lives and we discussed how to fix problems that we were having.

  • andream says:

    1. Dealing with a traumatic event can cause anger and fear to be overwhelming; knowing there is a purpose will help you overcome the event even if you do not know its specific purpose.
    2. Parents should not have inalienable rights over their children; there should be structured boundaries to protect children as they are not able to protect themselves and are not given a voice.
    3. Universal Studios has a variety of attractions and activities that make it one of the greatest places to vacation for people of all ages.

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