Fairly recently, I read about a parent whose child suffered from anxiety from surprise math tests. The same thing happened to me as a child. These were always timed math tests. I believe that we were given less than 2 minutes to complete a series of basic multiplication, addition or subtraction facts.

I could never do it on time, so I had to do the tests over and over again. A fellow student finally cheated and did them for me so I could pass.

I am now 47 and still remember this from third grade. Surprise math tests do cause math anxiety. It felt terrible back then. Teachers should never do this to students. -- Still Remember


Teachers who give surprise tests need to realize how much students dread them and the anxiety that they may cause.