Online open book exams allow you to access materials such as summaries, notes and textbooks. This type of exam does not just test your ability to recall information. Instead, you’ll be expected to engage in a critical and analytical manner, to demonstrate how you have understood your topic and that you can apply relevant knowledge to the question.
Online open book exams are one type of online time limited assessment (OTLA). The For Students website has more information on the rules and systems for taking an online time limited assessment.
You will be given a time scale (usually 48 hours) to complete your exam online. You are not expected to spend this full period on your exam answer. Your department may provide guidance as to how long you should expect to spend on the examination or how many words they may expect your answer to contain.
As with any exam, you will still need to revise in advance and prepare revision notes. The following guidance will help you to start to prepare and plan for your online open book exam.