Seen essay

Although sat under exam conditions, students are given the paper in advance (usually 24 hours) allowing them to prepare outline answers. They are not permitted to bring preparatory material into the exam room, but must rely on memory to reproduce their answers.

Pros: All the benefits of the unseen essay exam, but less pressured and with greater opportunity for the student to demonstrate their knowledge. A higher standard of essay should result.

Cons: Limited number of answers means students may not be tested on all course knowledge or all ILOs. High risk associated with a poor or failed answer. High likelihood of student collusion producing very similar answers.

Workload guide

Preparation time Low Student workload Medium Marking time High


Guide to time involved in preparation, marking, and student workload:  Low Low  Medium Medium  High High

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