Most of us have experienced high test anxiety at some time in our school careers. We worried the night before the test, sure we would face certain shame and failure by high noon. We went to tests with butterflies in our stomachs, and perhaps studied hard only to forget what we already knew. Yet, such experiences were only occasional, for most of us, and we recovered quickly.
At least 5 to 6 percent of secondary school students wrestle with test anxiety severe enough to mess with their minds, make them miserable, and significantly lower their performance on important tests. We need to identify these youngsters, and give them a hand out of their personal pain and confusion.
ASSIGNMENT - submit your answers on the submission form
Test Anxiety Scale
Rate the following three items as
5= extremely or always true
4= highly or usually true
3= moderately or sometimes true
2= seldom or slightly true
1= not at all or never true
1. ___As I study for my exams, I worry that I will not remember the material on the exam.
2. ___I feel stressed during exams, and feel queasy or notice that my heart is pounding.
3. ___I lose focus on important exams, and I cannot remember material that I knew before the exam.
Answer the following 2 questions based off your answers for 1-3.
4.___Add your score for the three items.
5.___Divide by 3. This is your test anxiety score.
A score of 3 or higher suggests high anxiety, and indicates that your child might benefit from an anxiety reduction program