Ada Anyamene (Ph.D), Chinyelu Nwokolo (Ph.D), Comfort Chinonyere Nwaimo


This study sought to determine the effect  of relaxation technique in reducing test anxiety among secondary school students in Anambra State. Two  research questions and two  null hypotheses guided the study. The design for this study was a quasi- experimental design. The population of students with test anxiety is 453. A sample of 70 students with test anxiety was selected for the study and purposive sampling technique was used in choosing two schools in the area of the study. Test Anxiety Inventory was used for data collection. Test Anxiety Inventory has both validity and reliability of 0.81. The study involved two groups; the experimental group I was given relaxation technique and the control group was given conventional counselling. All the groups were exposed to treatment for a period of eighth weeks. Pre-test and post-test were administered to both groups. Mean scores were used in answering the two research questions and ANCOVA was used in testing the two null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significant. The finding of the study shows that relaxation technique  is  effective in reducing the students’ test anxiety based on their lost mean scores. Recommendations were made that: the use of relaxation technique should be commenced in full force in secondary schools irrespective of students’ gender as a way of reducing  students ’ test anxiety.


Relaxation Technique, Test Anxiety, Secondary School Students

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