Originally Posted by gcarlson
Remember that the examiners will probably already know your abilities by the first warm up run.
Yep, that's going to make it a whole lot easier! Not.
Actually, acceptance of this reality will help a lot. But first, a reality check. Didn't the western division switch over to a coaching format for exams? The event description
includes "feedback and coaching". It was my understanding that the intent was to coach you to a passing level if possible. So, right off the bat, the exam format in your division should reduce the anxiety level because they are going to help you to show them what they want to see.
If it is any consolation, examiners understand that they are seeing performances effected by performance anxiety. Most do a great job of trying to make people feel at ease and are very very good at determining if you've "got it" no matter whether you are making good turns that are good, good turns that are bad, bad turns that are good or bad turns that are stinko, Lots of examiners offer "do overs" when they suspect someone has blown a task that they really should of passed.
I tell my folks that if you don't know whether or not you'll (probably) pass, you have not prepared enough for the exam. If you know you're probably going to pass, you can "just" ski at the exam. If you're having fun, you've already passed half of the test. If you are not sure about passing, you'll be tense, second guessing yourself and trying to do something artificial in the exam. Ick! So yes you have to ask and answer these kinds of questions to get ready. The more you can get the answers from yourself, the better off you'll be.
You're right to be worried about feeling like an idiot while you're being watched. You need to get over this. You should have done billions of demos in front of your students by now. This should be a piece of cake. Get your clinic leader to throw in "surprise" demo requests in the middle of clinics for both the standard tasks and goofball variations and only for 1-2 participants at a time so that they feel on the spot. On your own do random demo runs. Write down your tasks and split them out over a minute time frame (e.g. 10 tasks = 1 task for every six seconds). Do a run (preferably under a lift) where you stop, look at your watch and then do whatever demo matches to where your second hand points, ski 10 more turns, then repeat.
In my level 3 exam, I saw 2 examiners fall doing an easy demo task within 60 seconds of each other (and no, our groups did not get a free pass on our tasks because of this and no, none of the candidates fell). Neither examiner was embarrassed. Don't worry. Just do it. It's really quite easy when you know you can