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Testing Anxiety

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We have all heard or seen a child who gets anxious before the "Big" exam.  It seems like they are not able to function normally.  You might see cold sweats, upset stomach, fidgeting, negative behavior choices or just a frozen look on their face.  When they try to take the exam they discover that they can't remember what they had studied and become anxious.  These behaviors are clues that the the child is suffering from Text Anxiety.

Text anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes.  Virtually all students experience some degree of anxiety or stress during testing which can affect their performance. Addressing anxiety and understanding how to handle it can help strengthen the outcome for the student.

REMEMBER most test anxiety comes from three sources.  The first one is that the student does not take enough time to organize and study the material.  The second one is the pressure they place or someone else places on them and the last source is having a low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their ability to remember the information and pass the exam.


Before the Test

     (a).  Learn your material so well that you can recall it even when you feel anxious

     (b).  Stop stinking thinking...be positive while studying for the test.

     (c). Exercise / Take care of your body

     (d).  Get a good night's sleep


On the Test Day

     (a).  Think Positive...You know you are ready!

     (b).  Wake up your brain.  Eat a healthy meal about an hour before the test if at all possible.

     (c).  Do not try to cram too much information in your brain before the test.  This might make you worry that you do not know all of the information on the test.


During the Test

     (a).  Say a kind word to yourself...positive pep talk in your brain.

     (b).  Breath:  Take a few deep relaxing breaths.

     (c).  It might be helpful to read the questions and answers first before reading the passage so you know what you are looking for in the passage.

     (d).  Don't get stuck on one question too long.  Go on to the next question and if time permits go back to the one you were struggling with.

     (e).  Monitor your time to make sure you are able to finish the test in the amount of time that was allowed.


Test anxiety is very real for our students.  Dealing with it can be a struggle.  If a child is able to face and deal with this anxiety, the child will learn new ways of coping with stress, which can prove to be a valuable skill in many different situations that may occur in their lives. 


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