Tackling Test Stress Tip 3: A Friendly Face

One of our Facebook friends, Maria Teresa Crabb Esposito shared a great idea for alleviating assessment anxiety.

She encourages students to keep a picture of a person that they admire and love on their desk during testing. This can help students have more confidence during the test. Maria shared, “I remember having my Dad´s picture during an important essay exam, to get my professional certification (on my second try). I was sure his presence helped me to finally pass this exam!”



  1. Kevin S said:

    I am a school counselor and this tip is an excellent one and one that I had not thought of or heard of. I work with a lot of students with test anxiety and I think this could work for some. Has anyone tried this to any type of success? And have you tried any other types of pictures or objects?

  2. Deborah Thonus said:

    I haven’t asked students to bring in pictures, but some have brought in photos of pets and family on their own. I always allow the pics to stay on their desks unless the testing instructions forbid it.

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