Thursday, December 15, 2005

Stress 'bad for exam performance'

Pre-exam stress makes it more difficult for candidates to solve complex problems, a US report suggests.

Researchers at Ohio State University looked at 19 first year students' performances two days before and a week after a classroom test.

They found the ability to deal with complex, open-ended questions improved markedly as stress subsided.

However, the students did better at simpler tasks, such as memorising numbers, while under more pressure.