Here is my study in a nutshell:

I wanted to study the effect of a curriculum I designed on the students anxiety, confidence, and motivation for learning English. I administered the pretest, taught the curriculum, and administered the posttest. The pretest/posttest is a lickert scale survey with 5 questions each in 3 categories which are: Anxiety, Confidence, and Motivation toward learning English. Pretest and Posttest were exactly the same survey.

Can I add up the reponses in each section and get a mean and compare the means of the pretest and posttest using a paired t-test? Or should I treat each question as a seperate variable (each question covers a different aspect of the main category) and do a paired t-test for each question? Or is there a completely different test I should be doing?

This is not my only data. This is a mixed methods study with both qualitative and quantitative data. I've triangulated the data with my observations and interviews. I don't know if that helps any with not doing the perfect test.