De-Stress the Test Process

  • Situation

    Many of my students stress when taking unit tests to the point that their grades do not demonstrate their abilities seen during class. What strategies can I give them to relax and not fail?

  • Summary

    After teaching a unit tell students they will take a “pre-test” to the real test and the ‘pre-test’ will not be graded. High stress can impair performance. In a day or two give the “test”. Taking a pre-test may also provide them and you with some information about how well they know the test material. Compare the scores. Allow students the higher score.

  • Definition

    De-Stress the Test Process provides students an opportunity to take a test with no stress. The students are told the test is ungraded and will help the instructor. The instructor compares the scores of the final test with this ‘ungraded ‘pre-test’ and gives the student the higher score.

  • Quick Facts

    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
    • Planning Effort: Low
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites


  • Process

    1. After teaching a unit in any subject, tell students you will give them a ‘pre-test’. This is a ‘post teaching test but a PRE-test to the real test.

    2. Tell students this pre-test is NOT graded. It will serve to help you as a teacher.

    3. Once the test is completed re-teach any concepts that appear to need review.

    4. Give the real test and compare the score for each student.

    5. Give the student the higher score.

  • Documents and Related Resources

    I Can Tackle the Test (Social Skills Powerpoint Curriculum)


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