Test Anxiety

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  • Intense feelings of stress related to the testing situation. Moderate amounts of stress can be facilitative, leading students to study, take notes, read and research, attend class lectures or activities, and concentrate during the testing procedure. Facilitative anxiety is commonly linked to state anxiety, or specific event-related stress. With state test anxiety, the tension vanishes when the test-related activities end. After studying, a person with state anxiety can usually do other things, with no adverse effects. During class, moderate state anxiety leads a student to focus rather than to be off-task. During the test, moderate state anxiety directs the student's attention to reading carefully, proofreading, and other positive testing strategies. After the test, the anxiety disappears because the “state,” or impetus for stress, has been ...

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