Test Anxiety Interventions Student Interventions Physiological Interventions

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Test Anxiety Interventions

Student Interventions

Physiological Interventions

Study during peek energy levels

Get plenty of rest

Get enough exercise

Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing

Recognize the stages of anxiety

Behavioral Interventions Prior to Assessment

Learn good study habits

Reward yourself

Use methods to better memorize the content

Behavioral Interventions During the Assessment

Practice relaxation techniques

Ask questions if you do not understand something

Perform a “brain dump”

Listen carefully to directions

Preview the test

Use different techniques for multiple choice and essay questions
Psychological Interventions

Be conscious of: Need to please, need to be perfect, need to be in control

Positive attitude

Be wary of negative racial and gender stereotypes

Remember past successes and how they were achieved

Teacher Interventions
Psychological Interventions

Cognitive Therapy



Physiological Interventions

Teach relaxation training (deep breaths, visualization, relaxing muscles)

Recognize the symptoms of anxiety

Manage it before it becomes problematic

Give tests during peek energy levels
Behavioral Interventions- Teach students how to:

How to budget time

Do easier questions first

Do higher value questions first

Instructional Interventions


open-book tests

practice questions for study

multiple choice instead of short answer essay

use of dictionary/calculator

provision of copy of the test for study

Additional Strategies:

Take home tests

Tests in small groups

Short quizzes and practice test questions

Oral responses

Use of computer

Tests that cover less material

Individual help with instructions during the test
Use these 5 steps:

Ascertainment of test-anxiety

Formative Factors

Habitual Prudence

Purposeful Learning Experiences

Test-Wise Guidelines

Parent Interventions
Behavioral and Psychological Interventions

Eliminate sugar and stimulants from diet

Encourage regular exercise

Schedule in down time

Do not overemphasize perfectionism from your child

Help your child avoid the need to always please or be in control

Academic Interventions

Set regular homework time

Provide Necessary Supplies

Provide quiet place to study

Model good examples by reading and writing

Understand and respect your child’s way of learning

Stay in touch with teachers

Model good decision making

Monitor homework leading up to a test

School Wide Interventions
Get school community members on board!

Conduct a needs assessment

Provide workshops and resources for teachers

Highly anxious students should see the counselor or psychologist

Provide for students’ nutritional needs if necessary

Give positive reinforcement to parents and students

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