Test & Exam Anxiety

A guide for teachers to support students

As teachers, we strive to encourage our students to excel. We want them to be engaged and challenged. At times, we may even push them without taking the time to nurture them to feel like they are prepared for the challenge.

Feeling anxious about tests and exams is an experience to which many of us can relate. This can happen in anticipation of an upcoming test or even when waiting afterwards to receive a grade. Both testing and anxiety are a natural part of school life. Each of them has the potential to be beneficial and provide growth-oriented experiences for students.

This info sheet explores the underpinnings and common signs of test & exam anxiety as well as some strategies to support students who may be experiencing it.

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