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Test/exam anxiety

What is examination or test anxiety?

It is a physical, intellectual and emotional reaction to the pressure of the examination or test situation. It can leave a learner confused, unable to recall information or even lead to their completely freezing up. As a result, the learner performs substantially lower than their normal potential even when well-prepared.

Our program helps by identifying the anxiety and teaching the necessary techniques to overcome it in future, immediately recover from its effects and proceed with the exam/test without freezing up.

Does my child have test anxiety?
If he/she experiences one or more of the following, test anxiety may well be the cause:
Marks have worsened, compare to a prior period
Performs worse in maths, science or accounting than in other subjects
Understands most work, but cannot remember it during tests/exams
Experiences physical symptoms like rapid breathing/racing heart, perspiring, cold or clammy hands, trembling hands during test/exams

Test anxiety prevents learners from performing according to their potential, often in spite of extra classes and/or good preparation.

More about test anxiety
It is a physical, intellectual and emotional anxiety reaction when a learner experiences pressure, which paralyses the learner and reduces their performance.

Irrespective of whether the anxiety is warranted according to an objective observer, it still has the effect of paralysing the learner physically, intellectually and emotionally when under pressure, suppressing their ability to perform.

Pressure could arise from among others:
Their fear of performing badly again
Negative associations with the subject (e.g. previous bad results, unpleasant memories such as conflict with family, teachers of other learners, or even associations with seemingly unrelated events)
Bad expectations (for whatever reasons, and it could be based on reality or on subjective and negative perceptions)
Real external pressure or personally created pressure
Emotional reaction to their associations with the subject, such as the importance of good results for future studies

What does the Basics First test anxiety programme entail?
Identifies the triggers that "switch on" the learner's anxiety response
Teaches the learner techniques to recognise the triggers, handle them and thus prevent the anxiety response
Teaches the learner techniques to recover from a freeze or "blank" during a test/exam and proceed - free of anxiety
Teaches the learner how to deal with tests/exam papers and collect those marks that are within their reach
If necessary, briefly reviews current study methods for the subject, identifying potential weaknesses

This programme works with learners as individuals (no group work), and typically completes in six to seven sessions.

After a successful programme, the learner is more confident, more relaxed, more motivated and equipped to recognise their anxiety triggers and deal with them before they derail the test, and also to recover from the proverbial blank during a test/exam.