Test Anxiety
Performance Coaching Can Improve SAT and Exam Scores


“A significant majority, 61% of high school students suffer from test anxiety and 26% are handicapped by test anxiety often or most of the time”- Findings of the Test Edge™ National Demonstration Study.

The most common barrier for a student in achieving a maximum score on the SAT is anxiety in anticipation of and while taking the test.  


Test anxiety is of course rooted in fear and can create a lack of self-confidence and reinforce a student’s  failure beliefs. This viscous cycle can hijack even the best exam preparation resulting in underachievement.  

 I use cutting edge performance coaching techniques with students who experience Test-Taking Anxiety.  I help students manage their anxiety and make significant gains in test-taking with school exams and the SATs.  I have helped a number of students to easier get through and to improve their scores on the SAT exam and to do better on school exams as well.

Most of the students I have helped had not previously been able to improve their test-taking anxiety after taking prep courses for SAT because their anxiety tended to overide their abilities.  The students I see typically with test anxiety have similar experiences with exams.  They often

ü  Underperform on exams

ü  Feel anxious and unfocused when they are taking an exam

ü   Go blank and may just stare at the page

 ü  Can’t recall information even though they are aware they know it

 üHave negative beliefs about their abilities such as “I can’t do it”, or “I can’t succeed.”

üFeel very time pressured during an exam

1) EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: a therapeutic approach that allows reprocessing of memories, events, and experiences that have created self-limitations.

EMDR is believed to work directly with memory networks and to enhance information processing by forging associations between the distressing memory and more adaptive information contained in other semantic memory networks. It is thought that the distressing memory is transformed when new connections are forged with more positive and realistic information. |

This results in a transformation of the emotional, sensory, and cognitive components of the memory so that, when it is accessed, the individual is no longer distressed. Instead he/she recalls the incident with a new perspective, new insight, resolution of the cognitive distortions, elimination of emotional distress, and relief of related physiological arousal

 Recent evidence supports that the brain’s structure can actually change following processing of traumatic memories. 

2) EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)-an energy approach that helps to remove the blocks to success.  This can be taught to the client and done outside of the student’s sessions and can be especially helpful in the days leading up to the exams.

3) Breathing techniques, Visualization, Guided and Self-Imagery, Mindfulness Meditation:  I teach techniques for relaxation and calming that students can integrate into their lives to reduce anxiety and maintain a healthier emotional state in their everyday life.   This will have a long term effect on their success.

4) Heartmath ™ is a relaxation method used to gain heart rate coherence (by reducing heart rate variability) a confident, calm state of existence.  This calm state then results in increased concentration and focus.  While learning Heartmath ™ in my office, the student is monitored with a biofeedback program that measures heart rate coherence.