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Exam scheduling may contribute to performance gaps between subjects, between males and females, as well as between students with differing performance histories. Using lottery-generated variation in exam timing at a Greek public high school, this column identifies three distinct channels through which exam scheduling can influence test performance. The simulation experiments show that the higher the number of exams taken, the higher the potential benefit from optimising exams scheduling. The questions we ask: What is the effect of having completed an additional exam on later performance? Do we see evidence of fatigue as students take more exams?

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Our research questions are motivated by a practical concern of how exams can be optimally scheduled.

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This page is a summary of: Marathon, Hurdling, or Sprint? The Effects of Exam Scheduling on Academic Performance, The B E Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, January 2020, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/bejeap-2019-0177.
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