Tackling Student Anxiety: Test-Taking Strategies to Help Students Succeed on High-Stakes English Exams

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You’ve held grammar drills, incorporated speaking activities, and given practice essays, but are your students really prepared for the big test day? High-stakes English language proficiency exams can often leave test takers feeling anxious, which can lead to more mistakes or freezing altogether during the exam. What leads to test anxiety, and how can you train your students to overcome this hurdle? Join Bridge and a panel of representatives from three leaders in the English testing industry – Pearson, IELTS, and PrepMyFuture – to learn about the best resources and strategies teachers can use to help students conquer anxiety and succeed on the test!


Clément Gaufreteau
Clement has been Head of Education at PrepMyFuture since 2020. He currently works with more than 500 schools. His mission: to ensure the best learning experience for the students and the smoothest teaching journey for their teachers.
Bartek Janiak
Bartek Janiak is the Teacher Training & Assessment Senior Advisor for Pearson Global in Central and Eastern Europe, and has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years. Following graduation from the University of Lodz in the faculty of English language teaching, Bartek started his career as an ELT Representative. Due to Bartek's interest in the professional and personal development of human beings, Bartek completed additional studies at Kozminski University for Professional Coaching: methods and practice and Psychology of motivation at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He has since gone on to present and run workshops at numerous educational and business events.
Ariel Foster
Ariel Foster is the Executive Director/CEO of IELTS USA, the world’s most widely used English language proficiency test for college admission and immigration. Ariel leads IELTS USA, which is dedicated to delivery of IELTS testing in the US as well as the development of recognition policies and support of the use of IELTS by US higher education institutions. Prior to joining IELTS USA in 2014, she worked at the College Board as head of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Higher Education for the Advanced Placement Program (AP). Ariel led higher education initiatives for AP’s redesign and new product development, such as the Computer Science Principles curriculum and AP Capstone. She holds a CELTA (Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and taught English in Prague and New York City. She is based in Los Angeles.

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