Overcoming Anxiety about the Australian Citizenship Test

Though the process of becoming a citizen in a new country can comprise one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, it can also sometimes be marked by an extreme anxiety and concern over whether the move will work out, and how one’s new life will function. Taking the Australian citizenship test is a step necessary for immigrants hoping to become Australian citizens, and while the test has been designed to ensure that new residents have a basic understanding of the country and its laws, history, and customs, some test-takers can experience considerable anxiety leading up to the day of the test itself. Concerns over whether it will be possible to pass are often among the most serious, though hopeful citizen can overcome this issue by signing up for and completing special test preparation courses and programs, either in person or over the internet. In fact, solid preparation is consistently ranked as one of the best ways to overcome test anxiety, and can help test-takers feel more confident and able to meet the challenge ahead on testing day.
The precise ways in which different people prepare for a test are bound to vary, though it is usually advisable to start at least a week or so ahead of the day of the test, with more time reserved for those who are especially concerned about their potential to pass. Though it may be tempting to ìcramî for tests by spending only the last day or two ñor even the last few hours– furiously reading through the preparation booklet and taking practice tests, this technique usually yields poorer results than slow and consistent study. A benefit of starting preparation early is that test-takers can relieve stress over the test itself, knowing that they’re working towards producing the best score possible.
Alongside adequate preparation for the Australian citizenship test (or any other exam), it’s of great importance to treat oneself well in the days and weeks before the test. Issues such as a poor diet packed with caffeine and sugar or insufficient in protein can lead to a diminished ability to retain information, and emotional and physical symptoms can wreak havoc on the system. Obtaining a fair amount of sleep is also crucial for test-takers, as even someone who has prepared diligently for a test may perform below their expectations if they’ve been unable to obtain regular, restful sleep.
Tests are naturally loaded with a certain degree of anxiety, but in small amounts, this drive to do well and stray from allowing any disadvantages to interfere can be a good thing. Through ensuring committed preparation, keeping good time frames in mind, and taking care of oneself before the exam, test-takers can dramatically improve their potential to pass the Australian citizenship test, opening the doors to becoming an Aussie and enjoying a new life or pursuing new personal goals down under.


  • sonictroy June 20, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Good tip to know is that the test can be retaken as many times needed for you to pass it. Usually you can retake it the same day you failed it.
    If you look in the web it say’s as many time you need to take it to pass it. Is not a happy situation to be taking the test too many times but is a relief to know you have more than one chance.

  • Alexa Conteri July 6, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I’m about to be called for the test. Does someone know how many questions there is? The passing score is 75% but over how many questions???
    Thanks to all!


  • Karina Sommerside July 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I strongly agree with this article. I will recommend as well that after studying the material one should perform as many mock test possible.
    When you are in front of a multiple choice test the best practice is another multiple choice test.


  • Asturianrider July 16, 2010 at 6:53 am

    The more you study for the test better. If you don’t pass it it will delay the whole application. It already takes a ton of time to be processed. Just study hard!

  • Akako August 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I always get so nervous before any exams….I hope this goes away with all the tips I’ve learnt here. Awesome article! Aka

  • Muki August 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve tried to take the exam 2 times already but I got sick both times. Could it be that I somatize my anxiety and get sick?

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