AQA leads research into effects of exam stress

Published: Thursday 5 Sep 2013

The stress of exams can be nerve-wracking for any student, as research carried out by AQA's Centre for Education Research and Policy (CERP) shows.  Some of our findings around measuring anxiety and exam performance are today presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference at the University of Sussex.

Part of the research, which the BBC also features today, looks at the performance of 325 pupils: 142 boys and 183 girls in the build-up to their final 2012 GCSE exams.

Back in 2011, The Sunday Times highlighted our study into pupils' heart rate increases and performance during their exams.

Further details on a range of relaxation tips and techniques to manage exam stress can be found on the student support pages of our website.

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