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Comfortable exam room temperatures = optimum exam results

With many schools and colleges holding exams and formal assessments, it may be useful to consider the temperature of the exam room to give pupils the best chance of success. Research suggests that temperature influences student attention span, with students in colder or warmer rooms testing poorly compared to those in a control room with a temperature of around 21 degrees. A study at Cornell University found similar results and research is continuing to explain why climate might play such a significant role.   It is thought that apart from the discomfort, which affects memory and learning capabilities, the mind becomes focused on maintaining its body temperature in a room that’s too cold or too hot which then affects concentration.   While warm rooms can make students feel tired and sleepy, colder rooms may make the body use its energy to keep warm instead. Not only would an uncomfortable temperature affect students’ performance, but in extreme cases a school or college