Test Anxiety Analysis

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The first article (scholarly article) talked about test anxiety in young children summarizes how students in elementary grade levels have vastly different levels of anxiety between high-stake tests versus regular classrooms tests. The levels of test anxiety among children was measured using two different kinds of tests, the CTAS (Children’s Test Anxiety Scale) and the BASC-2-TA (Behavior Assessment Scale for Children, Second Edition). The CTAS measured the students physiological reactions to test-taking while the BASC-2-TA measured the student’s worry and fear in regards to the test. The results of the CTAS came out as the young children having significantly high levels of test anxiety both for high-stake tests as well as regular classroom …show more content…
They can also be held back in their academic career which can lead to even more pressure to do well and succeed. The article then proceeds to inform you about three possible ways to help reduce anxiety. The first is to spend a good ten minutes before the test to write about your thoughts and feelings. The article calls this expressive writing. This method is used by psychologists to help people reduce negativity especially for those who suffer from depression. The second method is to combat a negative stereotype threat. Many students become nervous because of the thought that if they perform poorly, they will be judged on which culture they belong too. The article suggests to actually embrace positive stereotypes like, “Girls can get higher grades than boys” or “Girls from single-sex schools outperform boys and girls from coed schools on standardized tests." The article states that reading positive comments like these promote positive thinking before exams. The third method talks about how even young kids are not safe from anxiety, so psychologist Heidi Larson designed breathing and relaxation methods for young kids to help relieve them of anxiety. She told a group of third grader to simply lay on the floor of the classroom and just focus on their breathing. She explains how some kids even fell asleep so overall, simply relaxing and focusing on deep breathing is an effective way to get rid of the nervousness and anxiousness. A comparison amongst both articles would be how high levels of test anxiety can negatively impact young children. Both article to some degree explain the factors that are involved when measuring anxiety in children. It can lead children to doing poorly on examinations which does not necessarily define their true potential and knowledge and it can also increase that amount

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