Mrs. Anderson-School Counselor



With ISAT testing under way, some students experience test anxiety. Test anxiety is when a student excessively worries about doing well on a test. This can become a major hindrance on test performance and cause extreme nervousness and memory lapses among other symptoms. The following are tips on reducing test taking anxiety:


  • Being well prepared for the test is the best way to reduce test taking anxiety.
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude while preparing for the test and during the test.
  • Exercising for a few days before the test will help reduce stress.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the test.
  • Show up to school on time so there are no worries about being late.
  • Stay relaxed, if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work.
  • Read the directions carefully and slowly.
  • Write down important formulas, facts, keywords, on scratch paper first so you won’t worry about forgetting them.
  • Don’t worry about how fast other students finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.
  • Focus on the question at hand. Don’t let your mind wander on other things.
  • If a student is experiencing extreme test anxiety after following these tips, seek help from your school counselor, Mrs. Anderson at 468-4628.