Open-book exams/quiz/tests, exams or tests students are allowed to open their textbooks and write. As a matter, although these exams seem easy, they can actually be much harder than their closed-book exams/quizzes/tests. Since everyone is allowed to use their textbook and/or their notes on the exam, it raises the performance bar significantly.
The first thing to keep in mind when preparing for these exams is that you have to study just as hard for them as you would for a closed-book exam. Just because you can use your notes and/or your book on the final doesnâ€™t mean that you donâ€™t need to know the material. Believe me, you will not have time during the final exam to look up answers to the questions. Trying to do that will waste your time and lower your score.
Next, make sure you know exactly which materials you are allowed to bring to the exam. You should take everything you are permitted to. If youâ€™re allowed to take notes, make sure your notes are organized and you know them backward and forward. Itâ€™s also a good idea to tab them so as to facilitate your finding the information you need while taking the exam.
If youâ€™re allowed to take only a summary sheet, make sure your summary sheet contains as much information as permitted by your professor or lecturer. But donâ€™t push the limit. The last thing you want is a professor or lecturer accusing you of cheating. Bring all the materials youâ€™re permitted to, and not a single one more.
Approach the exam questions just as you would any other exam. But do turn to the relevant page in your notes to supplement and substantiate your answers. You want to use your notes to their maximum potential while not reading through them so much as to sacrifice valuable exam time.