Test Success: a book review

Now here’s something I wish I had as a student: an instruction manual on “how to be calm, confident and focused on any test”.

I recently read such a book: Test Success! The author, Dr. Ben Bernstein, Ph.D, identifies nine key tools for school success. He uses a balanced mind-body-spirit approach that boils down to being calm, having confidence, and maintaining focus.Test Success! book cover

From this book I learned there are four primary causes of poor scores:

  1. Trouble with content
  2. Physical tension
  3. Issues of self doubt
  4. Difficulty staying on task

As an adult looking back on my schooling, I can see my student self in these four areas. And I can see how, because they weren’t dealt with while I was in school, these trouble areas have translated into my adult life.

Dr. Bernstein takes a performance coach approach to providing information to students to help them become confident and focused and to help them with anxiety in the face of tests.

He also shows parents how to help their children, even college-aged children, manage their stress related to tests by discussing what he calls “parent” factors and how parents may be “ratcheting up their child’s stress”.

It was definitely an interesting read and a very well laid out book with practical and insightful information.


Title: Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident & Focused on Any TestPublisher: Spark Avenue Publisher
ISBN: 978-0-9819959-3-9
Available in bookstores nationwide and online. For more information, visit www.testsuccesscoach.com


Disclaimer: I received a copy of Test Success! on review. I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions stated above are my own.


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