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Sex Differences in Mathematical Reasoning Ability: More Facts

Camilla Persson Benbow and Julian C. Stanley
Science
New Series, Vol. 222, No. 4627 (Dec. 2, 1983), pp. 1029-1031
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1691289
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Abstract

Almost 40,000 selected seventh-grade students from the Middle Atlantic region of the United States took the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test as part of the Johns Hopkins regional talent search in 1980, 1981, and 1982. A separate nationwide talent search was conducted in which any student under age 13 who was willing to take the test was eligible. The results obtained by both procedures establish that by age 13 a large sex difference in mathematical reasoning ability exists and that it is especially pronounced at the high end of the distribution: among students who scored $\geq $ 700, boys outnumbered girls 13 to 1. Some hypothesized explanations of such differences were not supported by the data.

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