The Personality of a “Good Test Taker”: Self-Control and Mindfulness Predict Good Time-Management When Taking Exams.

Volume 4 - Issue 3
Jeffrey Osgood Olivia McNally Grace Talerico
Pages: 12-21 Download Count : 513 View Count: 779 DOI Number 10.17220/ijpes.2017.03.002 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


Much prior research has linked trait self-control and trait mindfulness with improved performance on overall academic metrics such as GPA. The present research expands on this literature by linking self-control, mindfulness, and closely related personality constructs to differences in the way students manage their time while taking exams. Students at two large public universities (total n = 362) completed scale measures of self-control, mindfulness, and their use of time when taking timed examinations. The results suggest that trait self-control (r = .174) and trait mindfulness (r = .311) are statistically significant predictors of effective time management while taking timed exams.


  • Self-Control
  • Mindfulness
  • Time-Management
  • Student Performance
  • Personality
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