Study Says: It's Really Hard to Ace Tests While Hay Fever Is Torturing You

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Finally, researchers have confirmed what a million allergy sufferers could’ve already told you: It’s really hard to complete a final exam when you can’t stop sneezing and your whole face feels swollen and your eyes itch like you’ve got chicken pox on your retinas. IT SUCKS.

The BBC reports on a new study from researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, presented at the European Economic Association conference.

Using the results of public exams in Norway over three years, researchers found that on days with high pollen levels exam performance was consistently lower.

There was an average performance dip of 2.5% on high pollen days - and researchers estimate that for pupils with an allergic reaction results were lowered by about 10%.


“Increases in pollen counts can temporarily reduce cognitive abilities for allergic students, who will score worse relative to their peers on high stake exams, and consequently be at a disadvantage when competing for jobs or higher education,” according to the report. The author suggests that spring might just not be a great time for important exams.

Dealing with snot everywhere in a three-foot radius might be distracting? You don’t say!

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Lilly (Hungry hungry hipster!)

I once had to take a makeup test in the testing center, and for some reasons my allergies decided to go crazy that day. I was sniffling like mad, it was disgusting, and at first I couldn’t figure out where the hell their kleenex box was. I’m sure my sniffling and my constant sneezing disrupted literally everyone in the room.
And then I FINALLY found the kleenex box, so I was blowing my nose loudly every like five minutes which I’m sure annoyed the hell out of everyone. And I couldn’t find the trash can! And I didn’t want to just hand dirty kleenex to the lady who I handed my test to, so I stuck them in my purse. :(
It was a terrible experience for probably me and anyone testing.

I did okay on the test though, high “B” and I didn’t study much at all. BUT MAYBE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AN “A” IF IT WASN’T FOR THESE DAMN ALLERGIES.