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Old 01-15-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

Sweet Jesus. I think I'm studying for the biggest, most important test in my life right now. My anxiety builds up every time I think about it and I keep putting it off (Exhibit A: This thread). I'm studying for my Clinical Competency Exam to get my doctorate in clinical psychology. Pretty much I'll have 5 hours to write about a client vignette. The sample tests are 12 pages long and if you forget even small details (that are not even prompted on the test) you fail. There are 6 sections to the test. I'm still studying for section 1 which has taken 5 hours and I am still not even close to having that part down (probably the easiest portion of the test too given its contents). I have a week to prepare, but not much time to actually prepare on the weekdays. No test I've ever taken has needed to be so precise and have so much importance on my future.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

They had a study on ABC News the other night about test-taking. They said that people who wrote down their fear of failures down before they took a test did 54% better than people who didn't write down the fear or failures or what might happen.

Basically you need to clear your mind of what's going to happen if you don't do well, so you have a better chance of doing well.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

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They had a study on ABC News the other night about test-taking. They said that people who wrote down their fear of failures down before they took a test did 54% better than people who didn't write down the fear or failures or what might happen.

Basically you need to clear your mind of what's going to happen if you don't do well, so you have a better chance of doing well.

i wonder if that study took into account that people who are thoughtful enough to do that are also probably thoughtful such that they'll study a lot more.

to myth: good luck. i bet that anxiety is indicative of someone who will do really well!
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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yeah i feel you

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:22 PM   #5
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Default Re: Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

lol op since you are training to be a clinical psychologist. can't you do something about your own anxiety issues?

but it's crazy how a test can ruin years of hard work. good luck man. I'm sure you will prevail.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:29 PM   #6
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i have a hard time believing it's that difficult. my sister failed out of texas and ended up becoming a clinical neuropsychologist

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:34 PM   #7
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lol op since you are training to be a clinical psychologist. can't you do something about your own anxiety issues?

You haven't met a lot of psychologists have you? Many of them are pretty f*cked up. What do you think gets them interested in studying human behavior in the first place?

Seriously though, I think it is a healthy level of anxiety. Having no anxiety would be more indicative of a problem.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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damn, honestly i got nervous just reading that lol. good luck man, study hard and it'll pay off. it always does.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #9
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Good luck Myth, hopefully this thread will give you some piece of mind and allow you to tackle the big test. I like your avatar, shit is funny.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:53 PM   #10
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I wish all of school was just big tests, because I always ace them. It's the in between stuff - lectures, papers, etc. - that bore the hell out of me.
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If you fail this test, you are screwed.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:01 PM   #12
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If you fail this test, you are screwed.

Thank you Captain Obvious, that is very settling. Actually, I can retake the test in about 3 months if I don't pass. Though, if I fail it twice, then I will be taking an extra year of school. If I fail 3 times, expelled.
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Default Re: Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

I've never really taken a test that mattered, but yeah, that sounds like it blows.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #14
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Default Re: Who hates giant tests that your future depends on?

The biggest relief of my life so far was when I graduated school. Nothing raped my mind more than the pressure of school/tests. The "oh shit I have an exam!" dreams were the worst.

Now instead of tests, it's job interviews but it's definitely not as bad.
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