Females show more sustained performance during test-taking than males

Pau Balart*, Matthijs Oosterveen

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Females tend to perform worse than males on math and science tests, but they perform better on verbal reading tests. Here, by analysing performance during a cognitive test, we provide evidence that females are better able to sustain their performance during a test across all of these topics, including math and science (study 1). This finding suggests that longer cognitive tests decrease the gender gap in math and science. By analysing a dataset with multiple tests that vary in test length, we find empirical support for this idea (study 2).

Original languageEnglish
Article number3798
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019


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