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Test Success!: How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test [Paperback]

by Ben Bernstein PhD
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March 1, 2012 0981995934 978-0981995939

A comprehensive training guide on how to improve test scores, these lessons avoid memorization and answering strategies and instead address the test-taker individually to determine what he or she needs personally to perform well at test time. Based on 40 years of teaching experience and 30 years of clinical psychology experience, this book distills the best practices used by elite athletes, artists, and top business performers to create a system that can be applied to any test, including the SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, licensing exams, finals, and even driving tests. The system trains users to be calm, confident, and focused: the durable and dependable “three legged stool” for successful performance. Also included are special chapters for parents and teachers to learn how to be helpful to their children and students as well as online access to additional test prep material for further study.

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Editorial Reviews


“Offers straightforward and easy-to-learn methods for staying focused, relaxed and efficient under pressure. Based upon proven psychological strategies, Dr. Bernstein's approach is a real eye opener—and it works! Want higher test scores? This is the program you need.”  —Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, author, 1, 2, 3 Magic

“Bernstein’s book deserves national attention. It is only a matter of time until that happens.”  —Albert Johnson, former director, Young Adult Services, Los Angeles Public Library

“Dr. Bernstein’s advice is simple, effective and downright magical. This book will help parents learn how to support their student—no matter how test-phobic—through the gauntlet of standardized testing of middle school, high school, college, and beyond.”  —Catherine Hunter, head, San Francisco Friends School

“Kaplan, Princeton Review, and College Board take note: Ben Bernstein is adding a major piece to the test prep puzzle.”  —Sandra and Ian Griffin, Step into College series

“Bernstein has put together wonderful suggestions for tackling testing.”  —Deborah Meier, author, In Schools We Trust

“I have seen Ben Bernstein help scores of students achieve peak performance when it counts. Test Success! is an astonishing rendition of what it is like to be coached personally by Dr. Bernstein.”  —Charles N. Bertolami, dean, New York University

"I believe this book is a great tool that we parents can use to help our children to develop their confidence in taking tests and improve their performance even more."  —Trish Lopez, www.theallaroundmom.info

"With a combination of proven test-taking techniques and stress management, Ben Bernstein's Test Success! can help any kid do his or her best."  —Brian Nadel

About the Author

Ben Bernstein, PhD, is a psychologist, teacher, and performance coach whose career has spanned 40 years in education, psychology, and the arts, including coaching in such diverse settings as psychiatric hospitals, prisons, primary schools, and universities. He was invited to be a resource artist at the Sundance Institute, where he worked one-on-one with writers who subsequently went on to win Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Awards, and Academy Awards. He lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Spark Avenue (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981995934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981995939
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-purpose book changes lives April 10, 2012
I have many life roles that this little blue book serviced so well: foster parent, college instructor, psychotherapist and victim witness advocate. Here's how I used it...

Test Success was my voice to my foster kids about how to be a successful student (ever try to tell a teen anything???). I made a deal: you read this book and do what it says or listen to me nag you. They read, their grades went up, attendance at school improved, confidence in their abilities went up. That alone is priceless!

As a college instructor for test anxiety/test skills classes, the workbook was a complete course outline-- approachable, not condescending (ever try to tell a college student anything???) or minimalistic. Every line was helpful information, examples, practical how-to's etc. Also, Ben's personal letter to the class was very impactful; they felt honored by his genuine outreach to help make their lives better. Students have asked administration to make it required reading- a miracle!

In my private practice, the relaxation skills were very helpful for my anxious clients and bridged over to an anger management group I ran. Multi-purpose!

Victims preparing for the court process found they could use the book to help them be calm, confident and focused amidst the terror of describing their trauma again.

I can't thank Ben enough for writing this book, except by using it everywhere I can. It gets results!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Really Is All About The Confidence September 5, 2012
The 411 by Maria:

This book is beneficial to anyone in school. Whether you are in Middle or High School, College or have gone back to school as an adult, the cut right to it information is easy to follow.

Mr. Bernstein's section on Dealing with Distraction is worth the amount of the book. Distraction was my biggest culprit in school and the three tools Mr. Bernstein mentions Stop, Look At What You Are Doing, Listen and Fulfill are easy lessons to follow and will have you sitting up taller in your chair because your confidence level will get a much needed boost and your butt the kick in the pants it needs to really achieve what it is you want out of yourself.

Be the best you can be and with books like these you can't lose
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for SAT Prep August 18, 2012
By Catman
Considering the short attention spans of my teenage sons, I was elated that this book engaged their interest and they absorbed and used the skills from the content. The bright blue cover with large bolded font TEST SUCCESS screamed the objective they were trying to accomplish towards college goals and they immediately thumbed through to find some quick secrets. They initially focused in on the bolded call-outs within the text and margins and got the key points. The interior of the book is dotted with entertaining illustrations and shaded boxes containing discernible bullets of critical ideas that helped hold their attention enough to develop interest in reading the book. There are 9 tools to learn to help improve test scores and a model of 3 basic elements with many ideas throughout the book how to emulate those elements to achieve better test scores. My son used this to help prep for the SAT and he was able to focus a lot better using the techniques in the book. Every high school counselor and library should have this on their shelf of resources to help students do better on the SAT and highschool tests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 12, 2014
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Great quick read. Re-read and practice and build your three stool legs stronger, you will see success . Thanks Dr. B!!!! I've shared and encouraged many others to get your book and USE it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should buy this book! August 23, 2013
By Will
Dr. B's book has taught me the tools to be calm, confident, and focused under ANY type of stress. I got a copy of the book a few weeks ago, and after only reading half of it I am please. This book is an easy read with, great advice in it!
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By canudig
I am glad to have found a book that teaches the secrets to passing tests! Doc B has an approach that will work with anyone because its informal, and keeps it in terms that anyone from junior high to college beyond can glean some useful information!The book is a relational tool that any educator or counselor can use. The chapters are broken down with real world examples that the students identify with. Teaching anyone to be calm, confident and focused is the key to any task that people may undertake! I have worked with students from various backgrounds the truths in this book I have been waiting for fifteen years!! Thanks Doctor Bernstein!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Revelations May 1, 2012
By Laura
I can't thank Ben enough for this book! It was given to me for my teenage daughter due to her test fears. I read it as well so I could understand more of what she is going through when she is faced with a big test. Imagine my surprise when, after reading just a few chapters, I thought the book was written for me! I found, in many ways, we all have tests in our life. Whether they are written or life's tests. I found it thought-provoking and very informative in the ways to deal with different "tests". This book is not only for those wanting to pass the dreaded test, but it is also a new way of thinking for us all to carry as we go through our life tests. Thank you, Ben, for writing a book that we can all benefit from!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
ok book not worth full retail buy used if u can or dont buy it at all or buy it ok
Published 7 months ago by DK
5.0 out of 5 stars Students, Teachers, Parents - This Book's For You!
Why didn't I have this book when I was helping my students and my own children pass tests? Or when I was faced with tests myself? It would have made things so much easier. Read more
Published 24 months ago by David Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Excellent investment.
This book helped me to focus not only on academic tests, but also in various situations of life. It is amazing how a simple tip such as "don't forget to breathe" could make all the... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Luciana Kairalla
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
"Test Success!" gives a huge dose of confidence to anyone getting ready to take a high-stakes test, where the stress engendered before and even during the test itself can cancel... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Barbara Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Strategies For Performance Anxiety
As a singing teacher, I found the strategies in this book extremely valuable in helping my students deal with performance anxiety. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Christina Rovics
5.0 out of 5 stars In praise of a methodology that is both practical and life changing
As a trainer/educator and an early proponent of maximizing individual learning based not just on learning styles but designing learning with the emotional brain in mind, I have... Read more
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