Open book under exam conditions

A form of unseen essay exam as above, but students are permitted to bring their notes into the exam to consult in constructing their answers.

Pros: A less risky form of essay exam because less dependent on student recall under stress. Should produce a higher quality essay and allows for more confident use of citation, case studies, etc.

Cons: Students can underestimate the need to revise course content as they would do for a conventional unseen essay exam. Students may provide ‘prepared’ answers that do not tightly focus on the question set.

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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