ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Coping with Test Anxiety - Manage Your Child's Fears in Taking Tests

Updated on May 11, 2013

Test anxiety prevents what people want so badly—success. It is a widespread issue among children and young people that warrants serious attention. Coping with test anxiety requires the help of parents. However, dealing with anxiety is challenging, especially if parents are reluctant to recognize its early manifestations like fear of getting poor grades. So, neglected cases of test anxiety are a common scenario. Does your child need your help to succeed in school? This article presents the causes of test anxiety and strategies for managing test anxiety. After reading this article, you should be able to assess your child’s academic performance and design a personalized approach to reduce and overcome test anxiety.

Test anxiety is often a vicious cycle of psychological and physiological distress. Because fear blocks and leads to failure, failure results to even more fear, which attracts more and more fear-failure cycles. It is often expressed as an avoidance behavior by being ill, excuses, and even dropping out of school. Many school-age children suffer from this problem.

Causes of Test Anxiety

What are the causes of test anxiety? Many parents ask themselves. When their child is getting “dizzy with numbers,” they sparingly contemplate beyond the test itself. The truth, however, is that it is not the test itself that makes the child afraid, but the awareness that leads to an evaluation. Some children equate the value of own self to academic performance. If the grades do not turn out as hoped, depression sets in. Others are afraid of the reactions of parents and the punishment that awaits them like a ban from watching TV or playing video games for a week. Determining the specific cause is detrimental for coping with test anxiety.

Strategies to Manage Test Anxiety

Define the character of test anxiety

It is highly recommended to conduct research with the child together. Which situations trigger special fear? Is it afraid of a special teacher? Is it connected to the nerves with certain subjects? Are there information gaps? Is there an apparent fear of the reaction of parents when it presents a bad report card? Is it connected to the great nervousness only with oral or written tests? If so, why does this happen? Does it have enough time to prepare for tests?

Identify any pressure

Pressure is a one-way street that may cause negative feelings, such as helplessness and fear. Give special emphasis to the child’s behavior toward school to make sure that he/she is not afraid of it. Assist in school endeavor by giving instructions, specifications, and rules in learning. Parents who pay attention to rules tell the child that parents are interested in what they are doing in school. However, explain that the value of a child is not measured in his school success.

Get to know your child and his environment

Children are generally active. You need delineate learning-free zones, in which they play undisturbed. Parents should know that coping with test anxiety is also learned through the practical games of life. The world is connected in the game. The child can playfully slip into roles—good and bad, smart and stupid, can win and lose.

Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses

Strengths and weaknesses are an effective instrument against fear. What does it mean to a child when all he does is explore his own creativity? Well, if parents recognize strengths and pay tribute to it, then coping with test anxiety is made easier. By recognizing strengths and knowing limits, the child is able to develop confidence and self-esteem.

Speak with the teacher

Apart from parents, teachers play a role in developing the child’s coping skills. Just so he can tell the actual performance, the knowledge, and the abilities of the student, it is desirable to keep an open line of communication between parents and teacher. In addition he can contribute much to reduce pressure and thus, coping with test anxiety.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)