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Study Tips for the N.E.T.

Written by kimmel52 on December 25, 2009 – 8:19 pm

Study Tips for the Nursing Entrance Test.

Pass The N.E.T. with good eating habits

Pass The N.E.T. with good eating habits


Are you one of those test takers that have to have a bag of chips or popcorn next to you while you study? Well if you are, then you are one of many that have developed this habit over the years. One habit that is extremely hard to break. Overeating prior to testing for the Nursing Entrance Test, the HESI or the TEAS Test, may make you feel better but it won’t necessarily raise your score. Overeating is not the healthy way to study.
A lot of people are overweight today. Obesity is due to various factors that have integrated of a person’s life, not to mention the fact that there is also a genetic predisposition to being overweight. Our society does not help those who are obese. Models that are paper thin are touted as beautiful, beer is advertised and many types of foods that are empty in necessary vitamins but high in calories. Therefore anytime someone comes up with a quick fix to weight loss, there is band wagon of customers willing to try anything. Unfortunately, some of these products interact with blood pressure meds, and can be very dangerous to the heart and kidneys. Fast weight loss is not the answer. The so called, “quick fix” is a false statement that many are led to believe is fact. The body is a miraculous machine which can adapt to many different environments and eating adjustments. Those people who have been struggling with a weight problem for years have to understand that it is going to take perhaps years to take off the weight and to learn how to adjust to a new lifestyle. Losing weight is as much mental as it is physical. Just a alcoholics must religiously attend AA meetings, the overweight individual must also surround themselves with mentors and stimulation to keep up a new style of life and eating habits. It has been proven that excess weight can cause a plethora of health related problems, such as high cholesterol, heart disease, lung problems, and varicose veins. People who are obese also suffer from anxiety, stress and low self esteem. Not all obese people suffer from these aliments, but there are many. Society does not help their plight at all. A support group is especially crucial for the obese person to remain strong and committed to their new routine. Knowing that they can contact someone at all hours of the day and night helps to relieve the day to day stress associated with eating disorders and anxiety attacks.
The obese person should first begin the mental commitment to change in life and eating habits. Any type of change requires that one accept the change and then adapt to the change. It does not help when there are other family members who are overweight. The gradual change in choosing the right types of foods becomes harder when those in the home continue to have poor eating habits. This can tempt the overweight person. Beginning the journey to weight loss can begin with a simple statement of, “today I am going to begin an new lifestyle”, or “Today, I will not eat 1 candy bar.” As the obese person gradually is able to meet the small challenges, they can increase their repertoire to greater challenges. Accomplishing the small steps are the most important at first. One may say that they will go up and down a flight of stairs twice. Once they actually do it they can increase their goals daily. The overweight person gains confidence when they meet their daily goals. This building of confidence will help them to achieve their ultimate goal of lifetime fitness.
Building confidence without snacks is the first goal that one should try to achieve before studying for the N.E.T. If one must have some type of oral fixation, then try broccoli or cauliflower with a diet ranch dip. Even low fat crackers are better than high calorie snacks.
Best wishes and good health while you study.


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Dance Your Way to Passing the N.E.T.

Written by kimmel52 on December 25, 2009 – 7:59 pm

Dance Your Way to Passing The N.E.T.
By Nancy Kimmel RN, PhD, CHMM, CNAT, CPI (ACA), NHA

Dance before you TEST for the N.E.T.

Dance before you TEST for the N.E.T.


Yes, you may think this rather funny. The reality is that dance is a great way to relieve stress. Therefore, if you relieve the stress, you have a better chance at passing the nursing entrance test.
One does not have to be a prima ballerina to enjoy the health benefits of dance. Dance comes in many styles, and most of us at one time or another danced to our own drum. Moving to music is a natural way of staying healthy, losing weight and keeping fit, and lowering your stress level.

One is never too old to begin dancing their way to fitness. The nice thing about dancing is that a person does not have to go by a structured routine. You can make up your own routine as you go along. Put on your favorite music and dance. It is a good idea to have your own space, just in case someone walks in and surprises you. Don’t be embarrassed. You are doing something that is fun and achieves a goal of good health. Dancing helps the cardiovascular system, circulation and balance.

The warm up; prior to your own routine you should do some warm up exercises. These exercises include leg stretches, arm stretches and back stretches. Begin by sitting on the floor, use a pillow for comfort, and spread your legs like the letter V. Now lean from side to side and keep it up until you feel the muscles in your legs begin to stretch. Next, lift your arm over your head as you stretch from side to side, trying to bring your arm all the way over and touch your knees. Keep this up for twenty minutes of so, until your leg muscles warm up. For back stretches, you can simply use your kitchen counter and hold on to the counter while you lean back. Don’t lean too far, only to the point that is comfortable for you. Once you are done stretching you are ready to dance. What do you do if you never learned to dance? Just make up your dance. As you listen to your favorite music try to keep the beat to the music. Listen to the rhythms, and move your body with the beats. At first you may feel awkward, but then you will begin to develop your own rhythm expression. It is lots of fun. As you continue this as a daily routine, you will soon see results. You will have more energy, feel more fit, and breathe better. Daily adherence to a dance routine will help you feel more confident and also build muscle strength.

Choose different types of music after you feel comfortable with body rhythm movements. It is very exciting to listen to different genres of music from various countries and cultures. You may even find yourself making your own unique dance routines. There are many places to go if you want to learn dance. There are classes for toddler to seniors. Have fun and live life a bit happier with DANCE!

Dance relieves stress

Dance relieves stress

Ballet is one of the hardest dances out there but it can give your body benefits especially in keeping it fit. Aside from being a wonderful form of art, more and more people are taking ballet classes because the training can help them achieve the body frame they want.
Unlike in other dances that involve free movements, ballet requires precise steps and specific movements. This mastery in precise movements can only be achieved when you undergo training with various ballet techniques. These techniques are composed of well-defined positions and flexible movements, which are standard in most ballet schools.
Not that you have to go to ballet school before sitting for the nursing entrance test. However, dancing is the best way to relieve stress and get limber for the three hours of testing that await those getting ready to pass either the N.E.T., the TEASE Test or the H.E.S.I..


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How to Successfully Pass the N.E.T., HESI and T.E.A.S. Test

Written by kimmel52 on December 23, 2009 – 11:39 am

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If you have the desire to go into nursing, then you must first get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. There are over 1000 questions and answers. You will get unlimited internet access, 24/7. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like sitting for the N.E.T., The HESI or the TEAS in your home.


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Pass The N.E.T. First!

Written by kimmel52 on December 14, 2009 – 9:41 pm

By Nancy Kimmel R.N. Ph.D. mpj0185026000011

O.k., so you want to become a nurse. Good choice. Did you know that National surveys of registered nurses, physicians, and hospital executives document considerable concern about the U.S. nurse shortage?(1) Will you have job security? Absolutely! Now all you need to do is to become a nurse. As the population continues to grow, so does the need for educated nursing professionals. With such a strong need for nurses many would think it would be easy to get a nursing education. The fact is it may be harder than many people think. Today the United States also has a shortage of nursing educators and this makes many nursing programs hard to get into often with long waiting lists.
Getting onto these waiting lists is all dependent on how well the student performs on the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST This is a three hour exam that tests the students knowledge from reading comprehension to anatomy and physiology. Student aspirations of having a career in nursing can come true if they know how to study intelligently for the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. This test can become a stumbling block for students who do not adequately prepare for the N.E.T. Comprehensive study materials can be found online at the Nurses Learning Center
Students have online access twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, as long as they need the program. Having access to a comprehensive battery of tutorial test that will help raise students score on the N.E.T is a must is the student plans to get into nursing school on the first try. Not pass the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST is a great set back for everyone trying to get into nursing school, and one that most people can’t afford to take.
Nursing forum – career planning and education advice for nursing careers

Even with all these hurtles in place, a nursing career is still a great choice as long as you select the correct career path. As with any career you choose, you want to create a plan and time line so you can advance into a senior position in the future.While in fact the program of nursing is a grueling one, the rewards of helping others outweighs all other factors considered. The five steps are outlined below.
Step 1. Have a great desire to help others. Becoming a nurse means caring about others as you would care for yourself, your children, your parents and other loved ones. Love of mankind is definitely a prerequisite. This is the most important step. Read more »


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Computerized Adaptive Testing For The N.E.T., The HESI and The T.E.A.S.

Written by kimmel52 on December 12, 2009 – 12:53 pm

Computerized Adaptive Testing For Nursing Education

By Nancy Lydia Kimmel R.N., Ph.D., C.H.M.M.

Those who are graduate nurses and those who are going into nursing school will soon be sitting for their national boards known as the NCLEX, or taking the N.E.T, the HESI or the TEAS. The state nursing board examinations are computerized and set up to test the candidate’s skill level. In order to pass the NCLEX. the candidate must demonstrate the level of skill required to practice the art of nursing safely in their state. In order to determine this level of skill, the NCLEX. is formatted to adapt to the testers knowledge base.

This type of computerized adaptation is termed, “computerized adaptive testing” or CAT. This type of testing is not new. It has been in use for many years. This is the method that the Graduate Entrance Exams (GRE.) have been using. To better understand how computerized adaptive testing works, think about taking a test where all of the questions are very easy. This type of test does not really test the ability of the tester that knows the material thoroughly. Therefore the tester’s true mastery of the subject is not assessed. Some of the nursing entrance tests are also test via computerized adaptive testing.

It is similar to being in class, where the teacher is asking questions. As the student answers the questions, the level of difficulty continues to increase, until the student reaches a point where they cannot answer a question, then the level of difficulty decreases, and the cycle begins again. This type of testing then does away with the redundancy of questions wherein the level of each is on a plateau, but rather poses questions that challenges the tester’s ability to the point that their true ability of their mastery of the subject matter can be assessed.

Therefore, those student’s, sitting for the NCLEX who are answering easier questions, may find themselves answering more questions than those students who are able to answer the harder questions and thereby have fewer questions. One could say that computerized adaptive testing is geared to each individuals own knowledge base. After each question the tester is scored. Each following question will be chosen to match their skill based on how they answered the previous question. There is a statistical program built into the main program that estimates the tester’s knowledge proficiency. There is a pre-set statistical data base that dictates the percentage of questions that are needed for a graduate nurse to pass or to fail.

“The CAT usually ends when the amount of measurement error around the ability estimate reaches an acceptable level. Low levels of measurement error are required for high-stakes certification tests and indicate that the test would likely produce a similar score if re-administered immediately afterwards. It is not known exactly when the test will shut off or how many questions have to be completed. The computerized adaptive testing usually presents a variable number of questions, and a minimum and maximum number is pre-set.”

Therefore, if the graduate nurse answers incorrectly the easy questions, as well as the more difficult questions, they will be less likely to sit for the entire six hours and their test may shut off after the minimum of seventy five questions. It is the seventy five questions that many graduate nurses are fearful of receiving, because they think that they have failed the NCLEX. If the tester has a good solid knowledge base and has prepared for the test by practicing NCLEX questions, then the seventy five questions shut off is actually a good sign. The score is based upon the level of difficulty that is achieved. This is the methodology that the NCLEX uses to test the nursing school graduates.

The HESI, The N.E.T. and The T.E.A.S. will shut off at a specific length of time, which is usually a 3 hour test. So not all of the questions that one student has, will the other student have. The most important preparation is to begin studying soon and to begin with the right materials that will help you to pass. You can begin to study for your Nurse Entrance Test at the Nurses Learning Center, where you can get immediate access to over 1000 questions and answers, tests are available 24 hours, 7 seven days per week, and you only have to pay a one time fee. This material is set up just like the HESI, The N.E.T. and The TEAS.


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Online Practice Tests now available for All Nursing Entrance Tests Nationwide

Written by kimmel52 on December 6, 2009 – 4:41 am

Students have to pass the TEAS, the HESI and the NET to get into nursing school. Finding the right tutorial can be frustrating. Now, students can have unlimited access to online tests that will help them to prepare for any nursing entrance test

Dec 06, 2009 – How frustrating is it when students aspiring to become nurses have to pass the HESI, TEAS, or the NET and the only help they can find isn’t enough to help them pass.  Even worse, the sites that actually offer the tests to nursing schools charge students a fee to access only a few practice questions and then only give them a few hours or days until their access expires.  Nancy Kimmel, educator, nurse and PhD recognized this fact long ago, and has diligently worked on preparing an online tutorial containing challenging test questions and explanations that students can use whenever and where ever they choose, as long as the have access to a computer.  With an extensive background in chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, math and reading comprehension, Nancy Kimmel has compiled all of her years of teaching and writing to give students the opportunity to pass the nursing entrance test successfully the first time

“Too many students find my site after the fact.  They have failed either the HESI, TEAS or the NET more than one time and they are desperate.  I have had more than one conversation that centered around helping a student calm down and gain confidence.”

Professor Kimmel has complied tests that cover anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, English grammar, reading comprehension and math.  All with detailed answers, explained in a manner that student’s can understand.  The best thing about these tests are that they are accessible online.  All the student has to do is to log on to
http://www.nurseslearningcenter.com/testing and they are ready to go.  Over one thousand questions and answers are contained in this online program.

The online program keeps track of the student’s scores, so that the students can see how they are progressing.
Professor Kimmel states, “It’s not about the money, it’s about education.  Students require real and applicable knowledge if they are to pass the various nursing entrance tests.  Unfortunately there are way too many sites on the internet that are just out there to make money advertising, and the students are led about from one site to another.  This leaves them frustrated and hopeless.  I want to be able to give students a legitimate study guide that will help them to pass the first time.”

Since the HESI and the TEAS are very similar in test content, Professor Kimmel has been able to combine a similar testing format.  The method of having online practice tests also helps students with test anxiety and helps them to time themselves.  Many of the nursing entrance tests are offered by computer examination only.  Students who are not familiar with computerized testing usually do not score as high on the tests.

With the combined test information put into an online tutorial, students are able to master the material and perform with more confidence thus increasing their scores.

Professor Kimmel states, “With so many people going into the nursing field, nursing schools are raising their entrance test scores to 80% on some exams.  In some nursing schools, only the students that score the highest are allowed entry.”

Professor Kimmel sees the need for more than just adequate preparation.  The online test questions are designed through integrated learning to increase the student’s knowledge base each time they master one test.  The material keeps getting more challenging.

Professor Kimmel stated, “If student’s can pass with an 80% or better on all of the tests then they will score in the top 5 percent of those testing.”

This is quite a statement.  But it is evidently one that Professor Kimmel believes students can achieve.

This Study Guide is designed to alleviate the stress by providing a clear path to “passing the first time”.

The designer of the online exams has personally tutored students success.
Dr. Nancy Kimmel, one of the authors of the Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide, writes:

“I can say with confidence, anyone who can score an 80% of the post-final exam for math and reading, will pass the Nursing Entrance Test the first time using this study guide. Many students simply cannot pass the Nursing Entrance Test the first time. I have decided it is time to change that. I encourage all feedback. It is my goal that this software will benefit all those who seek to become nurses. I am happy to help their careers along”.


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The Nursing Entrance Test Can You Pass?

Written by kimmel52 on November 23, 2009 – 10:00 am

Nursing Entrance Test, An Introduction
One of the biggest hurtles that aspiring nursing school students must face is the Nursing Entrance Test. This is a nationally standardized test that is administered prior to placing students on the long waiting list for nursing school. Even if the student has passed all the prerequisites required for admission, such as anatomy and physiology, English 131 and 132, Sociology, Pharmacology, and Chemistry, this doesn’t guarantee admission to nursing school.

Although there are required passing grades, of a C at the least, the Nursing Entrance Test must be passed to be put on the list for admission to nursing school. This is by far the most nerve racking test that students must face. The main reason for this anxiety is that many students have come into the test either unprepared or just overconfident. Unfortunately, the preparatory literature that is currently available does not do complete justice to covering all that is necessary for the Nursing Entrance Test.

Most of the prep books cover a plethora of topics associated with various exams offered in the many fields of health care. This is insufficient for the knowledge that is required for passing the Nursing Entrance Test. Those who feel that the test is simply a remedial exercise in review are surprised when they sit for the test, because many have forgotten some basic math and algebra principals. Unfortunately, there are those who have been away from school for such a long time that when they sit for the exam they do very poorly. Some students have never learned math skills efficiently enough to be able to apply them in a test setting. The key to remedy much of this stress is to provide those students that are going to be taking the test with materials that will prepare them for exactly what to expect in the same method that the test is administered.

There is another level of stress that has been added to the test recently. That is, that the student is now only allowed to fail up to three times. After which, the student can no longer enroll in the nursing program at that particular school. For instance, Henry Ford Community College has now adopted this rule. This is very annoying and frustrating to those students who have taken all of their prerequisites and are on their last chance. They are faced with having to transfer their credits to another nursing school program and take the test again at another school. This prolongs their admission to nursing school which is usually a two to three year wait at the minimum. Some students have opted to take a refresher math course. However, this is in no way a guarantee that they will pass the Nursing Entrance Test. Much of the math in a remedial math course is not sufficient to pass the Nursing Entrance Test.

To help the future nursing student avoid all of this unnecessary stress, the Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide has been developed. The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide is a comprehensive review of the Nursing Entrance Test. It is set up exactly like the actual test, allowing the student approximately one minute per question (although for practice purposes they can take as long as they want), and three answers to choose from, and includes all of the content necessary to achieve a passing score. The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide includes a complete tutorial in all of the math and reading comprehension that the student needs to assure that not only will they pass the Nursing Entrance Test, but pass with a score that is higher than the national average. Some schools require a passing score that may be higher than another school.

The developer of The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide software, Dr. Nancy Lydia Kimmel devoted much time and effort in making sure that the student is well prepared. In this aspect, Dr. Kimmel has been able to help those aspiring to go to nursing school the advantage of being able to jump the greatest hurtle, passing the Nursing Entrance Test, the first time.

The Nursing Entrance Test Mathematical Content

The mathematical content that is tested in the Nursing Entrance Test consists of solving the following; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of mixed and improper fractions, manipulation of exponents, decimals and percentages, word problems, algebra problems including factoring, use of quadratic equation, slope of line, reading point coordinates from a graph, solving for variables in the first power and square roots. This may seem like a lot to someone who is hoping to go into the nursing field. However, this mathematical knowledge should be part of the repertoire for the student planning to take the Nursing Entrance Test.

For many preparing to take this test, trying to learn this from scratch may seem like a daunting task. Indeed, for those with minimal to no knowledge math this becomes a daunting challenge. Some students elect to take refresher math courses. These math courses are misnamed, in the fact that they are not so much a refresher course but a course that only covers certain aspects of the math that is tested on the Nursing Entrance Test. Depending on the teacher and the learning curve of the rest of the class, this may not help the student sufficiently. Many teachers adjust the content of the class based upon the percent of the class that has a difficult time comprehending the material. What this means is that if there is a majority of the class that is having a hard time with basic principals, then the teacher will not completely cover all that is required. This is unfortunate, because those who are picking up the material quickly are placed at an educational disadvantage and are not getting their moneys worth of education.

Time and time again, students have sought out new materials on the market to better prepare them for the Nursing Entrance Test, only to be given bits and pieces of information that is insufficient to pass with an acceptable score. Math is the enemy to many that wish to be nurses and is a source of dread when it comes to test performance. Much of this anxiety is due to insufficient preparation at the college and high school level. The population of new nursing students encompasses a wide age and educational disparity.

The typical nursing student is no longer the fresh high school graduate, or the young mother returning to school after her children reach preschool age. Now, nursing students come from many diverse backgrounds, such as engineers, teachers, computer technologist and people with masters and doctorates. Naturally, with so many degreed people entering the nursing field, the bar has been raised for the score needed to pass the Nursing Entrance Test at many nursing schools. This puts the typical nursing student at a disadvantage.

So, the question can be asked, what is the person to do about obtaining the skills necessary to pass the math on the Nursing Entrance Test? There is no simple answer. However the best answer is to study. Having the right tools is also necessary. One of the most helpful tools to achieve math proficiency on the Nursing Entrance Test, is in utilizing the software entitled, “The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide”. This tutorial written by Dr. Nancy Lydia Kimmel, encompasses a comprehensive math review of all the concepts necessary to master in order to pass the Nursing Entrance Test with higher than national average scores. Dr. Kimmel has been a professor of engineering, math, physics and chemistry for over fifteen years and has had much experience developing tutorials to help those challenged by the sciences.

The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide is presented in colorful Power Point slides to enhance the leaning experience for the reader. All three learning domains, audio, visual and written are targeted for the learners benefit. Dr. Kimmel starts out the tutorial with introducing how to add and subtract fractions that are proper, improper and mixed. The tutorial continues to increase in developing and review of math principals using examples and mini tests with complete explanations, until the learner feels that they have mastered the topics. Even if the learner has not had some math concepts formerly taught to them, this tutorial will assist them in mastering the skills. Dr. Kimmel’s software entitled, The Nursing Entrance Test Study Guide, has successfully helped many aspiring nursing students pass the Nursing Entrance Test the first time with high scores. It is Dr. Kimmel’s goal that the Nursing Entrance Test should not be a hindrance to those wishing to go to nursing school, but a stepping stone that they can confidently surpass.
If you have the desire to go into nursing, then you must first get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. There are over 1000 questions and answers. You will get unlimited internet access, 24/7. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like sitting for the N.E.T., The HESI or the TEAS in your home.


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The NET, the HESI and the TEAS

Written by kimmel52 on October 23, 2009 – 5:50 pm

Hello Students;

Pass today

For all of you considering going to nursing school, you will probably be asked to take a pre-nursing entrance exam such as the NET, HESI or the TEAS.  There is another pre-nursing entrance exam entitled the ATT.  Which ever exam you are required  to take, you can feel confident that the book entitled, “Pass The NET, The First Time” will help you to pass with higher than national average scores.  The reading comprehension and math are treated in depth with many questions and fully explained answers.  In it you will also find Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, English Grammar and Biology questions, along with fully explained answers.  There is also a free downloadable software that comes free of charge, to give you hours and hours of practice.  The software requires that you have Micro Soft Power Point installed on your computer.  With this software you can take tests that are timed for one minute and get your scores as well as check your answers with fully explained solutions to all the problems.

Do you think that becoming a nurse is the right career choice for you, then get ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS entrance test. You can begin preparing for your career by practicing your skills using the online tutorials and tests at The Nurses Learning Center. For a small one time fee, you will have unlimited access to all the tests, which include Reading Comprehension, Math, Anatomy and Physiology , Chemistry, Biology and English Grammar. It is yours to keep. New questions are added daily. It’s like taking the actual test in the privacy of your home.
Best Wishes to all,

Nancy Kimmel RN PhD


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Don’t Stress the N.E.T, H.E.S.I. and TEAS

Written by kimmel52 on September 12, 2009 – 10:59 am

Don't Stress the N.E.T.

Are you ready to take the N.E.T., the HESI or the TEAS.  Even if you feel ready, you may not recognize the changes that your body is going through.   Many peoples futures are dependent on their performance on these exams.  It is no wonder that peoples stress levels are high.   Stress is the body’s way of preparing for an event.  Stress does not have to be a bad thing.  However, one has to learn how to handle stress without it taking control. For many of us, taking a  test causes a series of enzymatic cascades in our bodies. We begin to get sweaty palms, our heart rate goes up, we begin to breath faster, our pupils dilate, our muscles tense up, and if we continue to think about how frightened we are, we advance from a heightened state of alertness to one of panic. If this continues, then we cannot learn, study, or effectively interact with our peers or teachers. The proverbial panic before a test. This is very serious. Many very intelligent people cannot take tests. As the stakes go up so does the anxiety level. The biological sciences has taught us that as we become scared or threatened, our sympathetic nervous system is activated. This is done through a series of hormonal secretions from the adrenal glands that turn on various receptors and cause a cascade of biological changes in our system. The term, “fight or flight” has been used to describe the effects of fear or the sensing of danger in the human as well as mammalian species. Unfortunately for students, it is at work with each test. For some reason, there are those people that are calm during tests. You don’t even see their eyebrow raise. Then there are the ones who become so panicked that they could pass out. Some actually do. To begin to help those people who have test anxiety, it is first necessary for those people to find some quiet time and think about what it is that makes their vital signs go haywire, such as their blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. The answer will not be the same for everyone, but in solace it is easier to think. For those who have such dibilitating test anxiety the first question that they should ask themselves is when do they remember first having their test anxiety attack. It would not be surprising if many find that they must go way back in their memory to some point in grade school or kindergarten. Childhood memories of being humiliated in the classroom or at home, by overbearning teachers over expecting parents can cause a lot of mental damage to children. If this damage is never therapeutically processed, then as these children grow up, they find that those same feelings keep recurring during stressful or similar circumstances. Therefore, anxious test takers must confront and identify why they feel the way that they do. Once they have done that, then the next step is to identify how to not feel that way. Finding stress and anxiety release valves in ourselfs is about the most powerful endorphine we have. Because once you can unlock your own stress relief abilities, then you are on the way to successful test taking. It is a misnomer to think that just becasue someone gets a bad grade on a test they didn’t study. It is quite the contrary with those whom have test anxiety. These people study for hours. They know the material backwards and forwards. However, when it comes to performing in a environment that is not comfortable, unfamiliar, or threatening, these people are unable to recapture all of the information that they have learned. So, it would be a good idea for test takers to get to know the area where they are going to take their tests. Go down to the testing room, ask if you can look around and get a feel for where you are going to be spending three hours or more. Let the supervisor or teacher know that you are one of those people with test anxiety and that familiarizing yourself with your surroundings will help you to perform better on the test. The next thing that anxious test takers should do is to make mock tests and take them to public places and practice taking them. Confidence is built in small steps, but little by little even the most anxious test takers can overcome their fear.  To begin studying now and begin to ease some of the stress go to Nurses Learning Center and get immediate access to online tests simulated like the actual N.E.T., HESI and TEAS.
Best Wishes to all,
Nancy Kimmel


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