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Hi,I was taking the practice TOEFL IBT test and each of the section was close to an hour and it took me nearly 4 hrs to complete the test.Eventhough I got 95 overall in the pratice and I don’t know if I can concentrate and sit before computer for 4hrs without walking or without taking a sip of water.I got really frustrated and walked out of practice test for 10 minutes before taking my speaking section.I know I can’t do this in real test.Any idea how to overcome this stress during exam? – AEG Blog reader – Location unkown

If you are from India,taking test for 4 hrs would be a normal time during any test.whether its 12th grade or during undergraduate exam.

Below is a series of movements called PACE. They are surprisingly simple, but very effective! Everyone has a unique PACE and these activities will help to become positive, active, clear and energetic before TOEFL.  

Drink Water

“Water comprises more of the brain (with estimates of 90%) than of any other organ of the body.” Having students drink some water before the exam can help “grease the wheel”. Drinking water is very important before any stressful situation – tests! – as we tend to perspire under stress, and de-hydration can effect our concentration negatively before TOEFL.You can definitely ask for water during test. Check the test center policy about this.

Brain Buttons

This exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain to “switch on” the entire brain before the TEST. The increased blood flow helps improve concentration skills required for reading, writing, etc.

  • Put one hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the thumb and index finger.
  • Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations below the collar bone on each side of the sternum. Press lightly in a pulsing manner.
  • At the same time put the other hand over the navel area of the stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes.

Cross Crawl

This exercise helps coordinate right and left brain by exercising the information flow between the two hemispheres. It is useful for spelling, writing, listening, reading and comprehension.

  • Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching.Just do this either sitting or standing for about 2 minutes.

Hook Ups

This works well for nerves before a test or special event such as making a speech. Any situation which will cause nervousness calls for a few “hook ups” to calm the mind and improve concentration.

  • Stand or sit. Cross the right leg over the left at the ankles.
  • Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top.
  • Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the center of the chest. Stay in this position.
  • Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in this position for a few minutes. You will be noticeably calmer after that time.

These are just a few exercises you can do ina quick 5 munites break during the test.Use the break wisely.These exercises helps you to get more oxygen to the brain and makes it more relaxed.The other simplest way to get pump you up is just think as if you score more than 110 in your exam.You will get excited and you will really start working towards it during the second half of the exam.Hope this helps.

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