Girls expected to outperform boys in opening GCSE and A-level results

Boys results often left them feeling more stoical

Girls are still much better than boys at opening their GCSE and A-level exam results, according to research from Manchester University.

‘Girls far outperform boys in hysterics, histrionics and dramatic effects when they open their results,’ said Professor Sheila Sweeney, who led the study. ‘Boys simply can’t compete in shrieking, weeping, hugging friends, waving letters about and generally going mental.’

Professor Sweeney dismissed suggestions that the quality of reactions to GCSE and A-level results had declined and was getting easier. ‘Even female candidates who got poor grades still achieved a high degree of hysteria as they opened their results. This was especially noticeable if there were news reporters present.’

Dr John Ashcroft, who co-authored the study, said that even in later life women continued to outperform men in reacting to academic results. ‘The results of the study didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, but Professor Sweeney completely wet herself.’

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