I agree that this is an extremely stressful time of year for students. I have to admit that I feel bad for the students that don't test well. To me, this has to be a burdening task for a student who freezes when given a test. Especially considering this could be a student, who under other circumstances, is very capable and knowledgeable.
I know exactly what you mean. When you consider the fact that sometimes we actually have to teach test-taking strategies, it really has implications for what is actually being tested. Great point.
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