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Should you rest before that test?

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We all know the common advice given to students before a test: "Make sure you rest well before the test!" However, should we try to be well-rested before a test? Many of the people I know, myself included, report being in a state of caffeine addled insomnia for the duration of their exam periods—and, you know, not to brag or anything, but we all seem to have done alright. So, does the claim that you should rest before a test hold any water? To begin to pick this claim apart, I gave CS1 students a single-question questionnaire before an invigilated test asking whether they were feeling well-rested.