“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”- Robert Collier
Last week I took my first exam of this round. I felt very well prepared but still anxious. After the exam was over, I thought my anxiety would subside but IT DIDN’T. I think that’s because after leaving the exam I just wanted to know if I passed or not. Even though you feel like you did well on the exam, you never REALLY know how well you did until you get your score.
Speaking of getting you scores- here’s a link to the NASBA website with the expected score released dates for the rest of 2015. http://nasba.org/exams/news/2015-q3q4-score-release-timeline/
As for the day of the exam here are a few tips that have helped me on the day of the exam:
Visualize Success: Have you heard of the study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto at the University of Chicago about shooting free throws? He split people into 3 groups & tested how many free throws they could make. Then he had the 1st group practice free throws every day for 1 hour, the 2nd group just visualized themselves making free throws, and the 3rd group did nothing. The 1st group improved by 24% but the thing to note is the second group improved almost just as well as the first group (23%)! So leading up to the exam- keep visualizing that score greater than 75!
Be Confident: For me being confident isn’t just a mental thing, I actually have to FEEL confident. And for me that means putting on some makeup and wearing nice (yet comfortable clothes) like my favorite pair of jeans and a shirt with a sweater. If I rolled into the exam without a shower, my hair a mess, and in sweatpants and a sweatshirt I’d feel really lousy.
Take your time: Not just during the exam, but beforehand too. Get to the exam site 45 minutes to an hour before your schedule time to allow for traffic, some time to relax, get your mind right (see tips above) and to do a little review.
Reward yourself: You’ve worked hard to get to this day, after the exam go out for a drink with your friends or grab a nice dinner, or just do something fun that you’ve had to avoid since you began studying for the exam. You can wait till tomorrow to start studying for the next one!