Extreme Heat Lowers Test Scores of College-Bound Students in China

High temperatures affected the test scores of students taking the gaokao, China’s National College Entrance Examination, according to a working paper published this month.

Using data between 2005 and 2011, Chinese and American researchers examined the effect that the average daily temperature may have on the students’ gaokao scores, pairing over 14 million test results with meteorological data specific to the students’ locations on the days they took the exam.

Researchers found that...

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