chapter  11
Open-book exams
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In many ways, open-book exams are similar to traditional exams, but with the major difference that students are allowed to take in with them sources of reference material. Alternatively, candidates may be issued with a standard set of resource materials that they can consult during the exam, and are informed in advance about what will be available to them, so that they can prepare themselves by practising to apply the resource materials. Sometimes in addition, the ‘timed’ element is relaxed or abandoned, allowing students to answer questions with the aid of their chosen materials and at their own pace.