Some students actually do better on tests when they’re anxious, according to research conducted at the University of South Hampton in the United Kingdom. The study measured the anxiety and working memory of 96 students between the ages of 12 and 14. Those with good memories earned higher test scores when they were anxious. But students with poor memories, earned lower test scores when anxious.
Dr Matthew Owens, who conducted the research said: “The research is exciting because it enhances our knowledge of when, specifically, anxiety can have a negative impact on taking tests. The findings also suggest that there are times when a little bit of anxiety can actually motivate you to succeed.”