About the Book
Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test, is the newest and most needed of exam prep books. Written by Dr. Ben Bernstein, a teacher for forty-two years and a performance psychologist since 1985, it gives the exam-taker effective study skills, strategies to reduce exam taking anxiety and a guided road map to perform better on exams.
This book is not about exams content (like every book by all the major exams prep companies). This book is about the exam taker. It speaks directly to the issues that causes millions of people to under-perform: exam anxiety and exam stress.
In a carefully constructed and researched model, Dr. Bernstein provides the nine effective tools for being calm, confident and focused on any exam. ”Stress and performance are intimately linked.” says Dr. B. Too much or too little stress compromises performance. When you take a exam– just like when you play ball or perform in a recital– you want your stress level to be just enough to give you the drive, motivation and energy to perform at your best.”
The book is written in an easy-to-grasp style and is filled with tips, charts and inventories.
The book is also meant to be interactive. Dr. B encourages readers to keep a notebook or journal handy when they read the book in order to complete the questionnaires or do one of the number of exercises through the book. For readers who’d rather do this online, Dr. B provides free online access to the inventories and exercises. As the reader progresses through the text and comes to a wireless icon in the margin, it means “go to the web”– the information you need will easily accessible here, on this website.
This book is for:
- exam takers (high school; college; graduate school; professional licensing exams, etc.)
- administrators and policy makers
“We all know what it feels like to be at our best. The problem is that the experience can be erratic or unpredictable. Often, our performance is not at its peak when it really needs to be — especially when we’re in high-pressure or high- stakes situations. I have seen Ben Bernstein help scores of students achieve peak performance when it counts. Nowhere is this truer than under the circumstances of being tested. TEST SUCCESS! is an astonishing rendition of what it is like to be coached personally by Dr. Bernstein. His strategy for helping students remain calm, confident, and focused by bringing physical, mental and even spiritual forces to bear in high-pressure performance-testing situations offers a transformative life strategy. It is one aimed not only at bringing out the best, but also doing so reliably and consistently.”
Charles N. Bertolami, D.D.S, D.Med.Sc.
Dean, New York University College of Dentistry