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Counselor’s Hub: 5 Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety
2020-09-24
24 Sep
  • Counselor’s Hub: 5 Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety
Adapted from an article By Ashley Cullins  

The International School’s Assessment (ISA) test takes place on Monday and Tuesday (September 28-29) for Grade 5-7 at MSB. 

It’s normal for some children to feel anxious and many say that the fear of the unknown, making mistakes or not doing well is at the heart of the stress. Truth is many children don’t like to disappoint their parents or adults and put unnecessary pressure on themselves. There’s a name for that: “test anxiety.”  

16-20% of students have high test anxiety, and another 18% have moderately high test anxiety. 52% seem unaffected by test taking and have a resilience and way of thinking that we describe in counseling as a Growth Mindset. You can hear these students say things like “I’ll try my best”, “Everyone makes mistakes no-one is perfect”,” If I don’t know an answer, I’ll just go on and come back later if I have time”. The good thing about resilience while it is a character trait it is actually a skill that can be taught and learnt.  

Test anxiety increases mistakes, reduces reasoning and working memory, creates confusion, and lowers test scores. It’s harmful to the well-being of our children. 

Fortunately, there are strategies parents can use to help your child feel more confident. I particularly like these strategies “5 Tips to reduce Test Anxiety in Children” from the Big Life Journal. 

Should you have any concerns, please contact School Counselor Ken at schoolcounselor@msb.edu.cn  

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