Lesson 8: Reducing Student Test-Taking Anxiety

A common complaint voiced by many students is, “I’m not good at taking tests. Lots of times, even when I know the material, I freeze up.” While there are many reasons for this phenomenon, including student personalities and environmental factors such as lack of sleep and turmoil at home, the fact is that teachers can play a significant role in reducing student test-taking anxiety. Teacher stress regarding testing translates very quickly to students.

Teachers have become more stressed in recent times over tests because many of them, especially those of the standardized variety, have become as much an assessment of teacher success as they are of student success.  The same is true for administrators since tests are a way for administrative staff to be evaluated by the school board and the community.

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