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"My daughter has ADD and has learned techniques for school that have enabled her to do well. However, she suffers from test anxiety, and does poorly on standardized tests such as Regents and SAT. How can we best help her?"
Coping with tests involve two steps for people with ADD: asking for accommodations, and being well prepared.
Many students find that when they are able to take tests without being timed, their anxiety is decreased and they perform better. Accommodations can be made with some standardized test to allow the student more time to take the test. Discuss this possibility with her guidance counselors at school and find out what they recommend.
Preparing well in advance for tests and getting a good night's sleep before is also essential. Find out what is available in your area for SAT preparation courses. These courses are designed to give students practice at taking the tests and this may also help your daughter feel better prepared and less anxious.
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.