You open your exam booklet and pick up your pen. Suddenly, your heart starts to race, thumping like a trapped bird against your ribcage. Butterflies swarm and collide in your stomach. Your palms sweat, your mouth is dry, and your mind has gone blank.
Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Test anxiety is very real, and it affects learners everywhere, from primary and secondary school students to employees taking tests for career advancement or certification.
Learners work hard to prepare for assessments that often have real-life consequences, so some anxiety is normal and perfectly reasonable under the circumstances.
But, as more tests are administered online with remote proctoring software, learners are experiencing a brand-new — and ultimately preventable — form of test anxiety. Unclear expectations, the feeling of being watched by another person, and concerns about how their natural movements and behaviors may be misinterpreted and used against them all lead to a heightened sense of nervousness during online proctored exams.
Removing the unknown and creating familiarity with the proctoring environment are important steps in reducing anxiety for online learners. To address these concerns, we recommend that organizations:
Organizations may not be able to eliminate test anxiety entirely, but they can ease learners’ fears by selecting the most user-friendly, seamless remote proctoring solution on the market. Get in touch to learn more.