A case for open-book examinations

Investigations into the effectiveness of open‐book examinations have shown that they reduce students’ test anxiety and need to memorise factual material. An investigation into the effect of using open‐books in an A-level GCE examination in English Literature showed that because the examination was intentionally designed to use texts and notes in the examination, students acquired higher levels of attainment than their peers who took a traditional examination.

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