Training Raises Test Scores

Not just because of the material, but also because of neuro-plasticity.

The research team performed brain scans on 24 college students and recent graduates, both before and after they spent 100 hours studying for the LSAT over a three-month period. The researchers also scanned 23 young adults who didn’t study for the test. For those who studied, the results showed increased connectivity between the frontal lobes of the brain, as well as between the frontal and parietal lobes, which are parts of the brain associated with reasoning and thinking.

I don’t generally think test-prep courses provide wealthy parents the advantage that many claim. Simply practicing the test on your own or reading a book can also provide an advantage. The difficulty is having the self-motivation to stick with the regimen. But this is heartening news for all who encourage self-improvement.

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