It's the test. So much riding on something so much was not actually riding on. Or it was for some.
It's just you must be tested. Otherwise we have no way of telling you where you stand. Though this test is only an indication of the information you have been able to obtain and retain until this very moment, it becomes a story of how you were fed, if you were taken to the doctor when you were sick, your ability to focus and how much of that you want to give this. The test will tell us if your vision was blurred, if someone read to you. It will become a part of your permanent record, a number on which you are judged.
Relax. Breathe. This is just another day in what we hope are many and though you will always remember it, this test can neither create or destroy what you intend.
I would say, Good luck, class, but we've long since given up on that.
Today I am grateful for people's willingness to talk to me about tests.
I am grateful to see how silly my assumptions were.