How to Deal with Upcoming Tests


Juliet Sherman, Author

So, there is a test coming up. That stress will be normal, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be dealt with. It isn’t such a big thing to worry about, to be honest. Just try these 5 tips to help.

Prepare! Make sure you are always prepared. The best way to be prepared is to study. To study, ensure you are in the right environment you find easy to study in, and consider if you like it loud or quiet. Have a good water supply too, because being dehydrated is the last thing you want when you are in an important test. Asking family members for advice or asking them to help you with questions is also something you can do to prepare.

Talk to your teacher! Your teacher will most likely understand your nerves. Everyone gets them. It’s a common thing! They might be able to give you a paper with practice questions or some hints. Maybe ask them to do a Kahoot or Blooket for the review!

Try not to stress too much. Stress is a natural part of test-taking,  Here are some ways to deal with stress:

  • Try breathing.
  • The 12345 technique: 5 things you can see, 4 things you can physically feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
  • If you are prepared, it won’t be so nerve-wracking!
  • Write down your worries. Then cross out the things you can’t control, and deal with the things you can.
  • Talk to someone.
  • Get enough sleep!
  • Practice anything you can.
  • Read your writing out loud!

Bring something to fidget with if you need to.  Tell your teacher you need it or have your parents tell them this so they don’t take it away.

Eat a good meal in the morning.  This fuels you to do all the things you must do throughout the day.

That’s it. You will do great! Just ensure you know what is on the test and are ready for it.