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Test anxiety is a form of performance anxiety and occurs when someone experiences higher than normal anxiousness, stress, or nervousness about tests. Students can experience anxiety before the test, during the test, and even after the test has ended. It is important to understand why students feel so much pressure to do well, normalize their nerves, and help them to practice skills to deal with the anxiety before, during, and after. Reassuring students that doing poorly or failing a test does not reflect on them as a person or determine their self-worth. Help them to reframe failures as opportunities to identify areas of growth.
Developing good study habits, learning test taking strategies, and practicing mindful breathing are some of the techniques we have practiced and talked about in classes.
Check out Anxiety BC – Test Anxiety for more information and suggestions to go through with your child.