What to do About Test Anxiety

Wondering what to do about test anxiety? As we get closer to the time of year when standardized tests monopolize our school days, students may feel a heightened sense of text anxiety. If you’re planning a test anxiety group or just looking to help a student or child deal with test anxiety, check out these strategies that can help your students and kids deal with test anxiety about upcoming standardized tests. Be sure to grab your free test anxiety management checklist below!

Wondering what to do about test anxiety? Recognize the signs of test anxiety and grab quick strategies to help kids manage these feelings!

What to do about test anxiety:

Get Prepared.

  • Attend study sessions.
  • Take practice tests.
  • Review notes.
  • Ask clarifying questions.
  • Pack your bag, pack your lunch, and lay out your clothes the night before.
Wondering what to do about test anxiety? Recognize the signs of test anxiety and grab quick strategies to help kids manage these feelings!

Practice Calming Strategies.

  • Practice controlled breathing exercises.
  • Make a test-day mantra. Practice repeating it to yourself.
  • Practice grounding exercises.
  • Try progressive muscle relaxation.
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Practice Self Care.

  • Get enough sleep the week leading up to the test.
  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Do your favorite movement-based activities or exercises.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Speak kindly to yourself.
  • Spend time with people you love.

Challenge Your Thinking.

  • Check your thoughts. Are they absolutely true? Are they based on facts? Is there a chance you are assuming the worst or jumping to conclusions?
  • Replace these thoughts with more realistic and positive thoughts.

Download the checklist.

Want an easy reminder of these strategies? Download the free test anxiety strategies checklist here:

Wondering what to do about test anxiety? Recognize the signs of test anxiety and grab quick strategies to help kids manage these feelings!

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Wondering what to do about test anxiety? Recognize the signs of test anxiety and grab quick strategies to help kids manage these feelings!
Wondering what to do about test anxiety? Recognize the signs of test anxiety and grab strategies to help kids deal with test anxiety. Get a free download of test anxiety strategies and coping skills to help kids manage feelings of test anxiety.

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