Is Testing with Music Really Bad for You?

Listening with music while taking tests should be allowed at ACA. Teachers typically say that testing with music distracts students from learning or reaching their full potential. Although I believe that’s true for some students, music should still be allowed for students who want it.

Some famous writers listen to music in their everyday writing routine. One of them is Stephen King who has written over 50 novels, some of his best known work is The Shining and IT.

According to an article from The Mission called The Daily Routine of 20 Famous Writers (and How You Can Use Them to Succeed), Stephen King’s daily routine is “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places…”

An article published by San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival called What Do Your Favorite Authors Listen To While They Write says, “…he likes the heavy stuff while he is feeding his creative process. While writing, he listens to bands like Metallica and Anthrax.” From the same article they also mention that author García Márquez listened to the Beatles while writing the book One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Another reason why music doesn’t distract students is because of something called the “Mozart Effect”. The Mozart effect was named after a study had been done on some students who listened to mozart while studying. It’s supposed to temporarily enhance your learning to a degree.

According to a psychology report called Music and Memory: Effects of Listening to Music While Studying in College Students says, “…the results comparing pop music, classical music, and silence were not significant and indicated the opposite of what our hypothesis stated, which was that pop music would damage comprehension of a text during study. These results suggest that the auditory environment has potentially limited influence on college students’ ability to study a text.” This means that music can give people a boost or decrease in their work which enforces the idea that music creates a different effect for everyone.

Music doesn’t work for every single person and can sometimes be a distraction. However, if a student wants to listen to music with earbuds, they should be allowed to work with music.


Oshin, Mayo. The Daily Routine of 20 Famous Writers (and How You Can Use Them to Succeed). The Mission. Medium. Accessed 2 January 2019

SMWC. What Do Your Favorite Authors Listen to Music While They Write. San Miguel Writers’ Conference Press. Accessed 2 January 2019

Minds @ UW Accessed 2 January 2019