The Anti-Test Anxiety Society

Help Worried Students Prepare for Tests


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Bertha Billingsworth (BB for short) is basically a happy person…until she has to take a test. To her, the word test stands for Terrible Every Single Time, because that’s how she does on them…TERRIBLE!

“Whenever I see or hear the word test…

The hair on the back of my neck stands up.
My face turns as red as a beet.
I start to sweat, my stomach aches,
and I can’t control my feet!

What if I get every answer wrong?
And I don’t get any right.
I just know I’ll get a bad grade on this test,
so I don’t even want to try!”

BB’s teacher comes to the rescue by inviting her to become a member of the Anti-Test Anxiety Society. She tells BB that TEST stands for Think Each Situation Through! She also ends up teaching BB the Dynamic Dozen (12 amazing test taking strategies), and convinces her to use her “GET TO” brain instead of her “HAVE TO” brain. Now when BB takes a test, she is calm and focused and thanks to her teacher, the Terrible now stands for Terrific!

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Anita DuFalla
Paperback ISBN 9781937870300
Grades 2-6
32 pages
Release Date July 15, 2014

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

This book is a must for any parent and professional working with school-aged youth! The youth of today face so many pressures to perform beginning at such a young age. This book sends a critical message of hope and empowerment by offering practical strategies to embrace and overcome their test taking anxiety. A must read for any student and classroom!

Melissa A. Louvar Reeves, Ph.D.
School Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and University Lecturer

I’m a school counselor and used this for lessons for third grade before our state test! My favorite part is that is helps create a discussion with students about how they experience test anxiety in their bodies. Also gives a great 12 tips for testing. Would recommend!

Ann Musselman
School Counselor
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