Reducing Test Anxiety
"TEST ANXIETY" is worrying too much about doing well on a test. It can keep students from doing their best. Some ways to help reduce anxiety are:
- Talk about the test in a positive way.
- Encourage best efforts, yet have realistic expectations.
- Encourage your child to focus on his or her strengths, such as a good memory or strong analytical skills.
- Assure your child that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
- Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person's worth.
- Find out whether or not your child's school offers test- taking practice or preparation.
Reprinted with the permission of the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center.
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