In the Hot Seat: Writing Under Pressure 237 First, you'll explore your feelings about writing under pressure. Then we'll examine the four most common types of pressure writing essay test situations: recall, analysis, evaluation, and synthe- sis. Next, I'll give you some tried-and-true suggestions for writing successfully when the heat's on. You'll learn how to prepare yourself before the test and how to deal with stress during the test. Finally, I'll show you how to cope with the monster under the bed: panic during the test. Let's start by seeing how you really feel about writing when the pressure's on. What, Me Worry? How can you tell if pressure writing situations make you nervous? Take this quick quiz to see. Check the items that describe your feelings when you have to write by the clock. You get the assignment, read it, and start writing. Within a few minutes ... You can jump-start your car without cables. You don't need a hammer to pound in nails. People get dizzy just watching you. You can outlast the Energizer bunny. You haven't blinked since the test started. You just ate a candy bar. It was still wrapped. A nurse would need a scientific calculator to take your pulse.