Neuroscience Reveals the Best Time to Take a Test

As you may have already surmised, the best time to take a test is in the morning. This revelation is courtesy of researchers at the Danish National Center for Social Research, who published an enlightening study in February of 2016. The study concludes that “for every hour later in the day, test performance decreases by .9%…however, a 20 to 30 minute break improves average test performance by 1.7%…” The researchers reason that this trend is driven by cognitive fatigue: the principle that critical thinking decreases the cognitive resources/energy available for future cognition absent sleep, a break or some other regenerative mechanism. The moral of the story: that 8 a.m. final might not be such bad news after all, and for the white collar professionals out there, a shift to an earlier work schedule will likely improve focus and productivity in the workplace.

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