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Test Nerves

 Nerves are not always a bad thing ;

For the theory and practical tests a bit of nervousness can help your performance. Any actor or performer, or anyone in a high-stress job, will tell you that some amount of adrenaline helps them achieve good results.

Being too laid-back could mean you miss mistakes in the driving test,  you may appear to be over-confident, and this will not impress the examiner.

Too much nervousness, however, will lead to the ‘fright or flight’ reaction, a known physiological reaction, a legacy that reminds us humans are also animals. This can lead to among other things, sweaty palms, increased heart-rate, loss of concentration, physical discomfort and a host of other symptoms. These are not helpful.

So: how can you keep your nerves at a controllable level?

Be prepared:

Make sure you are confident enough to take the test and have had enough lessons. Your instructor will advise you of this. Arrange to take a mock driving test as near to the test date as you can. Your driving instructor understands and can tell the difference between silly mistakes made under stress and genuine problems that need to be solved and will tackle both.

Choose a test date which suits you: If you’ve booked a test date and something else more stressful crops up in your life, change it. Yes, learning to drive is important and a wonderful achievement, but if another part of your life has gone topsy-turvy, the chances are you won’t be able to concentrate.

Wear comfortable clothes: Look smart and neat, but do wear something comfortable. You don’t want to be distracted by shoes that pinch or a jacket with tight underarms. If you are going to sweat, try wearing cooler clothes for the time of year

Don’t be put off by a quiet examiner: He or she is concentrating on the job in hand. Not responding to your attempts at conversation (and if you’re nervous, it’ll probably only be meaningless babble anyway) is not unfriendliness, it’s professionalism. Adopt a similar professional attitude and you’ll get on fine. Examiners are human, even when they’re testing you!

Try not to be put off by a mistake: Many people have made a minor error in the stress of the moment. If the driving examiner can see this for what it is, and you correct it immediately, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve failed. Take a breath and continue.

The most important thing to remember its only a test , just do your best the examiner is not looking for perfection just a smooth safe drive. It’s never as bad as you think its going to be


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