The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

38. 3 Ways to Worry Less for Better Test-Day Performance

January 21, 2021 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
38. 3 Ways to Worry Less for Better Test-Day Performance
Show Notes

Worry is a natural human emotion. But it doesn't serve you well when preparing for your standardized test and it doesn't have to be your story on test day. Doing well on your exam involves winning what we call the inner game of testing, and learning to control your anxiety so that you can perform with calm, equanimity, and confidence is a huge part of getting a high score.

In this episode of the Dominate Test Prep Podcast we examine the concept of worry and share three proven ways that you can reduce your anxiety in the lead-up to your exam. Specifically, we discuss:

  • The important lesson Tom Hanks learned about worry in the movie "Bridge of Spies" and how it translates to your ideal test-taking mindset
  • The difference between the inner and outer game of test preparation, and why worrying less is so crucial for winning the inner game
  • The inverse relationship between preparation and worry
  • How Michael Jordan was able to stay calm in the most stressful moments of big games, and how you can do the same on your exam
  • Why getting the focus off yourself is so helpful for reducing your anxiety -- and where you should place your attention instead
  • The importance of a healthy "big picture" perspective (blowing things out of proportion never helps!)
  • The contrast between two hypothetical candidates in terms of their approach to test day... and why you should be more like Candidate B
  • And more!

Whether you're just getting started preparing for your exam and you're nervous about the road ahead, or test day is getting close and you're worried about not getting the score you need, you'll benefit from the tangible tips and perspectives we share in this episode. At the very least they'll help you live a healthier, less-stressful life... and oh, yeah, they should help you score higher on test day, too!


  1. The Cosmic Eye - This is the YouTube video I told you about that does an amazing job of putting our place in the Universe into perspective.
  2. Comprehensive Prep Courses - Cover all your bases so that you capitalize on the inverse relationship between preparation and worry.
  3. Subscribe to our Dominate Test Prep YouTube Channel - Get more free test-taking tips and strategies.
  4. Contact Us - Questions? We're here to help.


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