Hardly anyone enjoys being tested. And it’s not always a perfect measure of learning, either. You can be a genius and lack the skill of test taking. But tests are one of the easiest ways for educators to calculate how much their students have learned. Standardized tests allow schools to compare the success of their students and students elsewhere, which is a valuable information. Since standardized tests are necessary, and because the stress and anticipation of taking a test can lead to poor performance, it’s important to be aware of techniques for dealing with the stress of standardized tests. The following examples are just some ways students can relax and hopefully boost their performance:
1. Make sure the students have fully prepared for the test with all available resources. Standardized tests are based on broad topics that are decided by the state. Teachers are aware of the standards and will have taught based on that model. Have the students review past homework assignments, notes and tests, and make sure they understand past mistakes.
2. Build a positive atmosphere. With encouragement and reassurance, students will lighten up about taking the test. If their teacher tells them they’re smart and that they can achieve, they will be more likely to do so. Let the student know that the test is important, but make sure they are aware that it’s okay to loosen up because you know how prepared they are.
3. Give the student a reason to be excited. Instead of focusing on the difficulty and importance of the test, which they should already be mindful of, tell them how cool it will be to demonstrate how much they have learned. Motivate the students to try their hardest and reward them afterward with snacks or a class party. It will illustrate to them that taking tests is no big deal, and they will be less likely to stress out for future tests as well.