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Test Anxiety: Tips for overcoming test stress

Whether it's a spelling test, a math quiz or state standardized testing, many children feel stressed over testing. Here's a quick rundown of what to look for and how to handle it. If you’re one of the lucky parents without a “test stress” kid, keep reading, you will find some great tips that will help your child handle anxiety in other areas of their lives!

Signs of stress

If your child is suddenly complaining of headaches, stomach upset, dizziness, or wanting to skip school, it could be a sign of stress. Other things to watch for include trouble sleeping, lack of appetite, irritability, sudden homework meltdowns and change in attitude.

Take a Proactive Approach

Teachers are preparing their students at school and parents can do the same from home. Most stress comes from a feeling of uncertainty. Our role is to help our child gain perspective. You may want to share…

  • The test is simply a measurement of what you know and what you have yet to learn.

  • This is a guide for your teachers to know what needs to be taught or reviewed.

  • Your score does not reflect on the type of student you are.

  • One test score won’t necessarily reflect all of the learning you have done throughout the year!

Have your child write out their worries by finishing this sentence:“I am worried about the test because…” (i.e., I may not finish or I may not remember everything my teacher taught me). Discuss strategies to overcome specific obstacles (see below). Now suggest they tear up their worry sheet and throw it away, it will give them a sense of control and power.