Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy on Test Anxiety Among Primary School Students

  • Charles Ganaprakasam Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (UM)
  • Tinagaran Selvaraja Faculty of Education, Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI)
Keywords: test anxiety, cognitive behavioral group therapy, primary school


In an examination-oriented culture, test anxiety becomes a vital hindrance among students, leading to them developing a false belief concerning their innate capabilities. By implementing cognitive behavioral group therapy, students will develop a positive outlook and reduce test anxiety. The present study was aimed at examining the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy in alleviating test anxiety among primary school students. The study employed one-group pretest-posttest design. The sample of this study consists of forty (n=40) primary school students. Before cognitive behavioral group therapy, respondents completed the Westside Test Anxiety Scale (Driscoll, 2004). Respondents participated in four sessions of cognitive behavioral group therapy. Afterwards, the Westside Test Anxiety Scale was administered as a post-test. Findings revealed a reduction in test anxiety scores among the respondents who have received cognitive behavioral group therapy. Based on these findings, training of this paradigm should be implemented at primary school level as a preventative initiative to alleviate student test anxiety. The results of the present study are encouraging and should be re-examined with a larger sample size.

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Author Biography

Charles Ganaprakasam, Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (UM)

As a School Guidance Counselor bringing more than 10 years experience in counseling individuals of various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, including children, adolescents and adults. Often utilized blended approach from several different types of psychology intervention from various theoretical perspective.


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How to Cite
Ganaprakasam, C. and Selvaraja, T. (2020) “Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy on Test Anxiety Among Primary School Students”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 5(6), pp. 61 - 67. doi: