Many students struggle with test anxiety throughout middle school and high school. It seems that no matter how hard they study for a test, the result is the same–a poor score. As this pattern continues the anxiety gets worse due to the well known “snowball effect”.
The anxiety may be overwhelming when it comes to a BIG test, such as the ACT or the SAT. Students know that college entrance and financial aid are greatly impacted by their score. Talk about pressure. Big time pressure.
One simple way to reduce test anxiety is to have students write down their worries minutes before taking a test, any test. Worries such as:
- “I might fail the class if I don’t pass.”
- “A bad score means I can’t go to the same college as my best friend.”
- “My parents will be so mad if I don’t do well.”
This method was proven effective in a study done in January of 2011 by the University of Chicago. So simple, yet effective.
Did you ever experience test anxiety? How did you cope?