As testing becomes an achievement marker for elementary school children, test anxiety would naturally follow for these children. This study looks at test anxiety in third grade students, as well as relaxation training as a treatment modality to deal with that anxiety. One hundred and four third grade students participated in this study. Those students that received relaxation training experienced less test anxiety after the treatment. Students in the control group showed no changes in test anxiety. The use of relaxation training among third grade students may be a beneficial method for teachers to reduce anxiety in their students.
Larson, Heidi; Yoder, Angela; Johnson, Colleen; El Ramahi, Mera; Sung, Jiwon; and Washburn, Fred, "Test Anxiety and Relaxation Training in Third-Grade Students" (2010). Faculty Research & Creative Activity. 52.