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Working Paper
Polítiques Públiques
Daniel Montolio, Pere A. Taberner

2018/21: Gender differences under test pressure and their impact on academic performance: a quasi-experimental design

Student performance at university is a strong determinant of individual decisions and future outcomes, most notably labour opportunities. Although published studies have found gender differences in student performance in response to pressure, little is known about such differences when university students are exposed to test pressure. Based on field data, this study aims to examine gender differences in student academic performance in response to different levels of pressure when sitting multiple choice tests, a frequently employed exam format at university.

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