Over the last 9 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping people to prepare for important language proficiency tests. Many of those people have taken the same test, again and again, hoping to achieve a different result. However, they keep finding that their score isn’t high enough, in at least one area. One reason for this can be because they have not had an expert help them out with their test preparation. Another common reason is that of anxiety.
One resource that I recommend for people who have really struggled is Glenn Harrold’s hypnosis MP3. You can purchase it and download it very quickly to begin working on reducing your stress.
For others, who are feeling that stress is reducing their score, I recommend taking the time to focus on breathing. Even in the middle of a high-stakes test, it’s relatively easy to take 3 slow, deep breaths before each speaking session. This will reduce anxiety, slow breathing and pulse, regulate the voice, and clear the mind. Don’t wait until test day to do this. Incorporate the practice into every practice session, so that it will come naturally on test day.
All the best on your big exam, and if you want personalized help to improve your score and reduce your anxiety, you can book lessons with me here: https://toeflspeakingteacher.com/ellen-toefl-instructor/