Scheduled to gain: short- and longer-run educational effects of examination scheduling
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OriginalversjonThe Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 2019 10.1111/sjoe.12363
This article presents findings concerning the effect of examination timing on high-stakes exam scores and longer-run outcomes. It shows that random variations in exam schedules that increase the time students have to prepare have positive effects on test scores. The effect is highly concave, and stronger for females and in quantitative subjects. I trace the effects of preparation time into tertiary education outcomes, fi nding signi cant effects for female students on the extensive and intensive margin. The paper shows how easily exam scores and, consequently, longer-run outcomes are affected by a random institutional factor unrelated to student ability.