The Edge’s Test Day Tips

As we all know, test day can be a strenuous time for any student. Test day anxiety can lead to poor results, which renders all that hard work you put into your preparation meaningless while also forcing you to run through the whole preparation cycle again.

It should come as no surprise then that despite all the documentation out there on the subject, one of the most common questions we hear from our students as test day approaches is “How do I avoid test anxiety?” While the best way to avoid it is to be as prepared as possible, there are some other things you can do which will help to reduce the amount of stress you feel.


  1. Eat a normal breakfast – In other words, do not change your eating habits just for the test. If you don’t drink coffee regularly, don’t start right before exam.
  1. Get plenty of rest – Many students will stay up late worrying over the test, cramming for the test, or just relaxing and watching tv before the test. Avoid all of these and make sure you get at least 8 hours of rest the night before the exam.
  1. Wake up early – Try to give yourself plenty of time to prepare the morning of the test. The earlier you wake up, the less rushed you will feel. This will make you far more relaxed come test time.


  1. Leave early – Give yourself the peace of mind knowing that you will arrive on time and not be rushed through the registration process. Plan on leaving 30 minutes before you would normally leave so that you can account for any unexpected delays in your commute.
  1. Dress comfortably – Sometimes the rooms can be hot or poorly ventilated. Make sure you dress in layers in something which is very comfortable for you. There are few things more frustrating than being stuck
    in a hot room wearing an itchy sweater you can’t take off.
  1. Bring the correct documents and tools – Ensure that you bring your sign-up form from the test vendor and your appropriate government ID. They will not allow you to take the exam if you forget these. Additionally, prepare your pencils and erasers the day before. We suggest that you actually pack these in a closed folder the night before so that you only need to remember to bring the folder.
  1. Bring a watch – While they usually do have a clock for you to look at, having your own watch can bring a sense of familiarity.


  1. Check your email – You may be asking yourself why this one makes the list. Recently, there have been a few instances where the test administration companies have sent out test day cancellations the morning of the exam. So to ensure that you do not waste your time, have a quick check when you wake up in the morning.

There you have it, test day tips from The Edge. For more tips on various test related subjects from IB Chemistry and Biology options to the visualization of math, check out our weekly blog releases.