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Student Online Learning Module

Open Book Tests

FYI: You still need to study! 

Many students feel they do not need to study for open book tests since they will have notes and texts available to them. However, you still need to because these types of tests test you on your understanding of the material - not just rote memorization or recall. Notes and books should be used as reference, not as answers. Open book tests will ask you to evaluate, explain, formulate, compare or analyze. Preparation is key for these types of tests.

The following sections highlight what you can do to prepare, things to think about during your test and what to do once the test is finished.

References for this section

Brecher, D., & Shaffer, D (2017). Thriving in Action. Ryerson University. (2020). Open book text preparation tips.


James Madison University (n.d.). The learning toolbox

Simon Fraser University (2018). Exam preparation: Strategies for open book exams.