An open examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.
You must prepare as if you were sitting for a closed exam. If you do not know your subject matter when you are sitting the exam, the notes and books that you take in with you will be of little help.
- use the objectives at the beginning of each module or in the course specification to help you determine what is important
- write a summary which includes important formulas for quick reference, examples you have difficulty with and examples of graphs or diagrams
- identify the appropriate sections in your course materials so that you can access them during the exam without having to search the text
- use coloured highlighter pens, sticky paper notes, or, if necessary, brief annotations to mark important pages in the study books
- know how to use your calculator efficiently and effectively.
Strategies for an open book exam
Use the perusal time to:
- read the exam instructions
- read through the entire exam
- tick the questions you can do easily and place a cross next to those you cannot
- note the number of marks for each question and work out a rough time for each.
Schedule your time:
- give more time to questions worth more marks
- do the easiest questions first
- clearly mark questions you leave out so that you can return to them later.
Review your work:
- check your answer
- check that you answered the right number of questions.
During the exam spend your time writing, not reading and looking up information.