Design of a Guided Internet-Delivered Counseling Intervention for Test Anxiety

Irene Warnecke, Linda-Maria Haffinger, Hanna Konradi, Neele Reiss, Ursula Luka-Krausgrill, Sonja Rohrmann


Test anxiety is a widespread challenge among university students. Online treatment facilitates a wider distribution and easier access to treatment. In a naturalistic study, a guided internet-delivered counseling program for test anxiety in university students was created and reviewed. Students suffering from self-reported test anxiety were recruited at a university counseling center (n = 40). Test anxiety and psychological distress were measured pre and post treatment. The test anxiety online treatment was administered in six modules over a period of 6 weeks. Therapist contact via written message in the online platform was included once a week. There were two personal contacts before and after treatment. A paired t-test showed a significant reduction of test anxiety (n = 32, p < .01). There was as well a significant reduction of general psychological distress and general anxiety (n = 31, p < .05). Participants were largely satisfied with the helpfulness and composition of the program. Thus, a guided internet-delivered treatment program is an effective treatment for reducing test anxiety in university students.


test anxiety; online counseling; cognitive behavioral therapy; imagery