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Test anxiety



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  • 2. What is Test Anxiety?• Type of performance anxiety• It is a psychological condition in which people experience extreme distress and anxiety in testing situations
  • 3. Measurement Scales• State/Trait Anxiety Inventory ▫ Charles Spielberger• Westside Test Anxiety Scale ▫ Richard Driscoll• 10 item Debilitative Anxiety Scale ▫ Alpert-Haber• Reactions to Tests (RTT) Scale ▫ Irwin. G. Sarason• Cognitive Test Anxiety Scale ▫ Cassady & Johnson
  • 4. Components of Test Anxiety• Physical Component (Physiological over- arousal) ▫ typical bodily reactions to acute anxiety: a knot in the stomach, wet and trembling hands, nausea or "butterflies in the stomach," tense shoulders and back of the neck, dry mouth, and pounding heart.
  • 5. Components of Test Anxiety• Emotional Component (Worry & Dread) ▫ involves fear or panic ▫ Can include depression, low self-esteem, anger and a feeling of hopelessness
  • 6. Components of Test Anxiety• Mental/Cognitive Component (Impairment) ▫ involve problems with attention and memory ▫ "My mind jumps from one thing to another" and "I think I am certain to fail" ▫ include fidgeting or outright avoidance of testing situations ▫ Negative self-talk
  • 7. Causes of Test Anxiety• Mental causes: ▫ Students’ expectations• Biological causes: ▫ Adrenaline (flight-fight response)• For many students, it can be a combination of things... ▫ Bad study habits ▫ poor past test performance ▫ and an underlying anxiety problem can all contribute to test anxiety.
  • 8. Who’s likely to have Test Anxiety?• People who worry a lot or who are perfectionists• Students who arent prepared for tests but who care about doing well are also likely to experience test anxiety
  • 9. What can you do?• Before the Test ▫ Discuss test content with the instructor and classmates. ▫ Develop effective study and test preparation skills. ▫ Spread review of class material over several days rather than cramming. ▫ Intensive review should be done a few days before test. ▫ Review text, notes, and homework problems. ▫ Use 3x5 cards for learning specific concepts or formulas. ▫ Take a practice test under exam-like conditions. ▫ Continue regular exercise program. ▫ Get sufficient rest and nutrition.
  • 10. What can you do?• During the Test ▫ Read the directions carefully. ▫ Budget your test taking time. ▫ Change positions to help you relax. ▫ If you go blank, skip the question and go on. ▫ If youre taking an essay test and you go blank on the whole test, pick a question and start writing. It may trigger the answer in your mind. ▫ Dont panic when students start handing in their papers. Theres no reward for being the first done.
  • 11. What can you do?• After the Test ▫ Try not to dwell on all the mistakes you might have made. ▫ Do not immediately begin studying for the next test ▫ Indulge in something relaxing for a little while.
  • 12. References• d=114• _anxiety.html#• est-anxiety.htm•