The purpose of this study was to relieve test anxiety in high school juniors preparing to take the ACT: a high-stakes, college admissions, standardized test. Participants included 81 eleventh grade students (25 males, 56 females) from a Midwestern public high school. Results demonstrated that relaxation training in the experimental group significantly lowered student’s perceptions of test anxiety from pre-test to post-test. Further research regarding systematic deep breathing and relaxation techniques is needed.
Larson, Heidi A.; Yoder, Angela M.; Brucker, Shannon; Lee, Jiwon; Washburn, Fred; Perdieu, Danessa; Polydore, Catherine L.; and Rose, Jennifer R., "Effects of Relaxation and Deep-Breathing on High School Students: ACT Prep" (2011). Faculty Research & Creative Activity. 39.