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Test Anxiety

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Ryan Litke

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of Test Anxiety

Perspective
What is it? ... and is it normal?
Test Anxiety :
Anxiety in and of itself
is not bad or destructive.

Anxiety is helpful at moderate levels
by signaling a need for action.
Is it normal?
Reasons
Unpreparedness
&
Confusing RECOGNITION with RECALL
Solutions
Adequate preparation
&
Knowledge of test forms
Tests only measure your work in a fraction of the course
What test are used for and intended to measure
To keep a healthy perspective
To never expect perfections
X marks the spot of a steadfast exam taker
Test Anxiety
Reasons
Symptoms
Preparing
Test Formats
Perspective
What is it?
Test anxiety is an uneasiness or apprehension that students experience before, during, or after a test.
Symptoms
Before
During
After
Before
Insomnia
Change in appetite
Stomach ache
Boredom
Restlessness
During
Confusion
Panic
Mental blocks
Fainting
Nausea
Yawning
After
Mock indifference
Guilt
Blame
Depression
Anger
Unpreparedness
#1 Reason for test anxiety!

Ask yourself:
"Have I really devoted the time and energy to learning the material?"
Recognition
VS
Recall
Learning the material well enough to RECOGNIZE terms and concepts, but not able to RECALL the info from memory.
(Usually due to weak review and test preparation skills)
Adequate preparation
Get a clear description of the test
Never approach a test with little or limited information about what to expect
Ask your teacher in class by appointment to clarify
Know the test format
Be prepared
Stay on top of your studies
Know the test-day particulars
Get 7-9 hours of sleep
Say "NO" to all-nighters
Before
the Exam
Be prepared
During
the Exam
Plan your approach
Answer the easiest questions first
Skip if you get stuck
Ask for clarification
Focus on the test
Carefully read all instructions
Test Formats
Objective (Multiple choice)
Essay
Short answer
Quantitative (Math)
True/False
Open book
Take home
Objective (Multiple choice)
Read directions carefully
Decide your own answer before looking at the choices
Eliminate obviously wrong answers and reduce the possibilities
If unsure, guess and never leave any blank
Use the entire test period to complete the exam
Essay
First scan the test and review the content
Read the directions carefully and do exactly as they say
Proofread for mistakes and write neatly
Follow the same sequence for each question
Short answer
Know the answer style that your professor expects
Never leave a question blank
Answer all parts of a question
Write neatly and watch for spelling
Quantitative (Math)
Analyze before you compute
Show all work
Check your work systematically
Know your formulas
Practice, practice, practice
True/False
Read each statement entirely
Watch for tricky wording
If any part of a question is false, the answer is false
50/50 chance
Open book
Always more challenging than normal exams
Be familiar with the text and notes
Review main ideas before beginning the exam
Answer the questions you know first
Take-home
Take the exam in an environment conducive to test taking
Plan a strategy
Be prepared to research
Create several drafts
Perspective
NOT solely a measure of your intelligence
NOT directly a measure of your knowledge of the course material
NOT a complete picture of what you know
NOT a measure of your worth as a student or human
Be realistic!
Tests are..
.
Perspective
Tests are intended to..
Measure your performance on any given day
Tell YOU how much you know about the questions that were asked
Measure your skills as a test-taker and ability to apply logic to questions
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