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Test anxiety

  1. 1. WHAT IS TEST ANXIETY? A condition characterized by persistent anxiety in a testing situation that is severe enough to seriously interfere with performance. A.K.A. Brain Freeze
  2. 2. FOUR MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF TEST ANXIETY Physical Emotional Behavioral Cognitive
  3. 3. PHYSICAL Rapid Heartbeat Dry Mouth Sweating (change in body temperature) Stomach Ache Dizziness Desire to urinate Low test scores even after over- preparation Headaches
  4. 4. EMOTIONAL Excessive feeling of fear Disappointments Anger Depression Uncontrollable crying or laughing Feeling of helplessness
  5. 5. COGNITIVE Racing thoughts Going blank Difficulties concentrating Negative self talk Feeling of dread Comparing yourself to others Difficulties organizing your thoughts
  6. 6. BEHAVIORAL Fidgeting Pacing Substance abuse Avoidance
  7. 7. WHY IS THERE ANXIETY? Expectations too high Unexpected low performance Overly critical evaluation Unorthodox responses Low self esteem
  8. 8. BATTLING THE BEAST How do I deal with Test Anxiety?
  9. 9. HOW TO REDUCE TEST ANXIETY Preparation Keep a positive attitude (Don’t put all your eggs in one basket) Practice relaxation techniques Learn good test taking skills
  10. 10. COPING STRATEGIES Be healthy Be prepared Practice… practice… Practice the performance
  11. 11. COPING STRATEGIES CONT. Regulate your arousal level Deep breathing Progressive muscle relaxation Reduce distraction Rituals
  12. 12. CONTROL THE FEAR Positive self-talk On-task self –talk Gaining perspective
  13. 13. PULL IT ALL TOGETHER Organize and order information Create Outlines Learn in a particular order Make intentional associations
  14. 14. BUILD A HOUSE OF THOUGHT . . . . . Foundation - Learn general concepts first Frame - Fill in major details Interior - Add in minor details Check for defects – Review your work
  15. 15. KNOW YOUR LEARNING STYLE Visual Learning – must have visual presentation of the information Kinesthetic Learning – must be able to move around while learning Audio Learning – must hear information presented
  16. 16. CALM DOWN Relax! Relax!! Relax!!!

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