Study shows female students perform better on longer tests

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A team of researchers from Universitat de les Illes Balears and Erasmus University Rotterdam, has found that female students score better than male students on tests over two hours long. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers describe their study of test results of students taking the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and what they found.

For many years, have shown female students have achieved higher PISA scores on reading and verbal tests, while boys did better on math and science. These findings have led to efforts by to improve the way students are taught, particularly girls who tend to shun STEM fields. But now, it appears there is more to the test results than was previously thought.

To learn more about the differences in test taking between genders, the researchers studied PISA results from 2006 to 2015 in a new way. They noted that prior research had shown that students give their best answers at the beginning of a test and grow progressively worse as the test continues. They report that when they tracked the progression of test taking with the students, they found that the performance of the males degraded more so than did the females. This led to fewer overall performance differences for longer tests. As an example, they noted that during the early stages of math tests, the boys were outperforming girls by up to 6 percent. But by the end of the , performance was nearly equal. The researchers suggest their findings indicate that girls are able to maintain their concentration on tests for longer periods than boys.

To confirm their findings, the researchers also looked at the data from a prior study that involved performance by students who had completed 441 tests of varying lengths. They report that they found the same trend—longer tests had a smaller gender gap.

The researchers suggest that girls have more self-discipline and tend to take a more serious approach to learning. They also note that prior studies have shown that women are better at planning, and might be using that ability when working on tests that take a lot of time.


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More information: Pau Balart et al. Females show more sustained performance during test-taking than males, Nature Communications (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11691-y
Journal information: Nature Communications

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Sep 04, 2019
How did they do on thicker tests?

Sep 04, 2019
The researchers suggest that girls have more self-discipline and tend to take a more serious approach to learning.

What an utterly ignorant conclusion. This begs the question, what was the gender composition of this research team and how long did they spend on their analysis.

Sep 04, 2019
The researchers suggest that girls have more self-discipline and tend to take a more serious approach to learning.

What an utterly ignorant conclusion. This begs the question, what was the gender composition of this research team and how long did they spend on their analysis.

It get best be summarized with the metaphor of "shopping"...
Girls like to browse and look at stuff.
Guys like to get in, get what they want and get out...

Sep 05, 2019
The researchers suggest that girls have more self-discipline and tend to take a more serious approach to learning.

What an utterly ignorant conclusion. This begs the question, what was the gender composition of this research team and how long did they spend on their analysis.

It get best be summarized with the metaphor of "shopping"...
Girls like to browse and look at stuff.
Guys like to get in, get what they want and get out...

@Whyde: While I absolutely hate shopping, I always tell my lady that my quick shopping habits are me striving for maximum efficiency....

Sep 05, 2019
Like so many human traits, I would suggest that this finding has it's roots in our evolutionary past. Imagine the males out on the hunt which culminates in the kill. A time constrained act that demands high energy and mental acuity. The females on the other hand more effectively complete their work with a fine balance between consuming these resources and time.

Sep 05, 2019
Like so many human traits, I would suggest that this finding has it's roots in our evolutionary past. Imagine the males out on the hunt which culminates in the kill. A time constrained act that demands high energy and mental acuity. The females on the other hand more effectively complete their work with a fine balance between consuming these resources and time.

I believe it is "learned" SOP...
Hence, possibly passed on epigenetically...

Boat,
That's the same thing I tell my wife... :-)

Sep 05, 2019

I believe it is "learned" SOP...
Hence, possibly passed on epigenetically...

Lament the epigenome, for it once served us well, only to now be the bane of our contrived gender issues.

Sep 09, 2019
The belief boys should be strong allows aggressive treatment by parents teachers from infancy so they will be tough. There is much less mental/emotional support for fear of coddling. This creates high maintained layers average stress for boys new thought. These layers remain in mind taking away real mental energy leaving much less mental energy for academics; they have to work harder to receive the same mental reward. This treatment creates social/emotional distance from adults. The total treatment creates higher average stress hurting learning/motivation more activity not genetic high muscle tension hurting handwriting/motivation lower social vocabulary/com skills from less communication and social/emotional distance from fear. It creates lags in communication girls given daily. The total treatment hurts reading/motivation which requires high social vocabulary/knowledge of syntax and low average stress something boys through harsh treatment less support are weak in.

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