Research, Research, Research: AP, IB and STRESS!

Read the full article in the University of South Florida website



The researchers: Shannon Suldo and Elizabeth Shaunessy, College of Education at the University of South Florida.

The background: An extraordinary number of high school students take Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams; about 26.5 % of the class of 2009 in public high school took an AP exam. AP and IB exams cause stress.

The question: How do students deal with the stress induced by AP and IB courses and exams? What strategies do students use to deal with this stress?

The hypothesis:  Smaller scale studies have found that psychologically healthy IB students use coping strategies like:

  • Managing time
  • Managing tasks
  • Keeping perspective of problems



Students face a lot of pressure to take college-level courses in high school. Children are facing much more pressure, much earlier in life. On the other hand, students learn to deal with academic pressure early, as long as students are given appropriate skills to deal with it.


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