Test Anxiety

Students often state that they have test anxiety when taking a test. This is true for students of all ages – including adults who must renew drivers’ licenses by taking a test!

Preparation for tests is important. Too many students wait for a test to be announced and then they cram the material to be learned. Cramming helps a small number of people. For most students cramming is not the technique to use to get ready for a test.

Test preparation should be ongoing and done daily. For example, when information is given that contains vocabulary to be learned, that vocabulary should be learned the same day as part of the “homework” package that a student does. This is for vocabulary in all subjects.

Reviewing reading notes and textbook materials. In math, for example, there is usually an end of chapter review. Let’s say the assignment is to do exercises for chapter 3.4. In addition, the student should go back and review 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 that nights. Just one example from each section will work.

Learning concepts should be done daily. Review class notes. Check in the textbook. Watch an online video. The more the student understands the concept material the better prepared the student will be.

A student who is really prepared and studied for the test will find that test anxiety is not as high and is manageable.

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