Open book test or exam
Open book exams are not an easy option and are likely to be more demanding than a closed book exam, so really good preparation is required. It is also important to know what type of information and how much will be allowed into the examination room. You may be limited to your own notes only or just to the textbook. You will need to be able to retrieve information quickly and effectively in this sort of exam.
- Revise the material as for a normal examination. You will need to understand and be familiar with the material before starting the exam. The exam is not the place to try to read and understand material.
- Ensure that your notes are brief and well organised.
- Highlight important sections with Post-It notes for quick referencing
- Highlight important text with different colours of markers
- Use mind maps or other methods for summaries of information to help you retrieve information quickly.
Strategies for answering questions
- You will only have a small working space, so take the minimum material; being crowded and messy will make information retrieval difficult.
- Don't just copy directly from the textbook
- Ensure that you correctly reference any material
- Ensure you use the correct information/theory