Enhancing Students' Test Coping Skills: Report of a Psychological Health Education Program

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We tested the effectiveness of a teacher-implemented psychological health education program designed to improve students' test coping skills in the classroom. Four hundred ninety-seven Israeli students, drawn from 24 fifth- and sixth-grade elementary school classes, were randomly assigned to experimental and control conditions by homeroom class. Students were trained to practice rational self-analysis and exploration, relaxation and deep-breathing exercises, positive self-statements, positive self-reinforcement, and coping imagery. The training program consisted of five workshop sessions held in the classroom and implemented by homeroom teachers specifically trained for the task. Overall, the cognitive training program was shown to significantly improve students' levels of performance on three cognitive measures, although it negligibly affected test anxiety scores. On the whole, these results support the feasibility and effectiveness of a teacher-based program for the improvement of students' test coping skills and subsequent test performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-101
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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