How Does Music Affect Test Taking?


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Although results aren't conclusive, listening to music while taking a test may help people perform better on tests if the music is relaxing and doesn't contain distracting elements, notes Psychology Today. The reason for any increased performance may be that the music helps relax test takers who may be anxious about the test, and reduced stress may cause students to perform better, notes the Journal of Young Investigators.

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Not all studies that have had students listen to background music during tests showed differences in test scores. For example, high school students who listened to music experienced less test anxiety but didn't have a notable difference in academic performance, states the Journal of Young Investigators.

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