Talking to Kids Right before the Tests
One way to help kids cope with anxiety in the tests is to talk to them the morning of the test and remind them of some of the things we talked about in this post. Remind them that the test is not their “make or break point" in life, that life will “go on" even if their scores are low, but that it is just an important piece of data that we learn their strengths and weaknesses from.
Finally, remind students that test taking is not just inherent in the school environment. Rather, it is something that they are going to encounter in any career or profession they go into.
Even once they are well established in their career, there will be many times when they will be required to continue their training or improve their skills and there may even be tests of some sort to assess that knowledge so that they can improve their rank in their careers.
Also, don’t forget that kids with autism, anxiety disorders, or other disabilities may be allowed to take frequent breaks as needed during the test or have their tests further modified. Check with your school’s 504 or Special Education program for details on qualifications if your child is not yet receiving these services.
We hope these tips will help as your child takes their standardized tests, not only this year, but also throughout their school days, and that it will help them prepare for life as well, by giving them coping skills as they face the challenges ahead of them.