Counselor's Gazette March 2014
By Ms. Forte & Ms. Milano
What is test anxiety?
Test anxiety is composed of three major components: cognitive, affective, and behavioral. Students who experience test anxiety from the cognitive perspective are worriers lacking self-confidence. They may be preoccupied with negative thoughts, doubting their academic ability and intellectual competence (Sarason & Sarason, 1990)
The negative thoughts and depreciating self-statements that occur during assessments (e.g. ‘If I fail this exam my whole life is a failure’) and the performance-inhibiting difficulties that may arise from anxiety (e.g. recalling facts and difficulty in reading and understanding questions)
Poor study skills, avoidance and procrastination of work.
The person’s appraisal of their physiological state (such as tension, tight muscles and trembling)
Suggestions to Help Students Overcome Test Anxiety
Students may experience anxiety about tests and may experience heightened anxiety before a testing situation. A certain degree of test anxiety is normal and may help students prepare more effectively, work more efficiently, and remain focused during testing. Too much anxiety, however, can negatively affect performance. The following strategies may assist students, parents, and teachers in reducing test anxiety.
Teacher Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety
Discuss the purpose of the test and how it can help students progress academically.
Have realistic expectations of students' performance while encouraging students to do their
Allow students to express their anxiety verbally or in writing.
Be careful not to over emphasize the importance of the test.
- Helping Students Cope with Test Anxiety by Henry Harris and Doris Coy.
- Helping Your Child Manage Test Anxiety - an article in The Parent Letter - About Our Kids: A Letter for Parents by the NYU Child Study Center
- Managing Test Anxiety: Advice for Students by Greg Henderson, MSSW, Psychotherapist
- What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner - This workbook is a great resource for kids who are experiencing a lot of anxiety. It is meant to be a joint activity between parents and kids.
- Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler - This is a humorous fictional book about standardized testing. Could be used to help open a discussion with your child about the anxiety that surrounds testing.
- The Worry Wars: An Anxiety Workbook for Kids and Their Helpful Adults by Paris Goodyear-Brown
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
How to refer a student for counseling
1. Fill out a Teacher Referral Form.
2. We CANNOT meet with students more than ONCE without PARENTAL CONSENT.
3. We'll schedule an appointment to meet with the student individually.
4. Counselors confidentiality rules:
- Confidentiality does not apply to cases of suspected abuse/neglect of children or the elderly.
- Confidentiality does not apply to cases of potential harm to self or others.
- A mental health professional may disclose confidential information in proceedings brought by a client against a professional.
- Confidentiality does not apply to cases involving criminal proceedings, except communications by a person voluntarily involved in a substance abuse program.
- Confidentiality may not apply in cases involving legal proceedings affecting the parent-child relationship.
- Confidentiality may not apply to cases involving a minor child. In such cases, the mental health professional may advise a parent, managing conservator or guardian of a minor, with or without minor’s consent, of the treatment needed by or given to the minor.
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The Concilio is a Dallas; TX based non-profit who provides services for the community regarding education and health. The Parents Advocating for Student Excellence program began in 2002 and addresses the high dropout and low college enrollment rates of students in North Texas. The Concilio's program helps the entire family understand how to prioritize education by teaching parents their role, rights and responsibilities as these relate to their children's academic success.
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