chapter  16
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In some subjects, assessment is dominated by essay-writing. Traditional (and open-book) exams often require students to write essays. Assessed coursework too often takes the form of essays. It is well known that essay-answers tend to be harder to mark, and more time-consuming to assess, than answers to quantitative or numerical questions. There are still some useful functions to be served by including some essay questions in exams, however.