Nerves before tests may help boost scores

October 12, 2012 1:44:55 PM PDT
If your child is a little nervous before taking a test, that might actually help boost their test scores.If your child is a little nervous before taking a test, that might actually help boost their test scores.

A new study finds that anxiety in students with a good working memory was associated with higher test scores. In students with poor working memory, they had lower test results.

Scientists say the findings could improve the understanding of the impact that anxiety has on students. It might help educators realize which children will need extra help in school.

The study appears in the British Journal of Psychology.