Open book or take home exams permit you to access your learning materials during the time allocated for that assessment. You will be able to refer to your notes, books and other resources that you have available to answer the questions. This does not mean that the exam will be easier or require less preparation.
An open book assessment aims to assess your critical application of the course material. It will test your understanding of what you have learnt and your application of that knowledge.
Having access to your notes may sound like an easier assessment, however the exam will still require your attention and will also call for a similar amount of preparation to traditional exams.
For more information check out the University’s library information on 'Open book assessments - what to expect and how to prepare.'
Contact a member of staff, the examination information will have the details of who to contact – this may be IT Services, the eLearning team or a member of staff from the programme.
It’s important to get in touch as soon as you encounter an issue. Take screen shots if relevant, to send to the contact person.
You can not query or challenge a question during the examination.
You can state what you think the issue is at the start of your answer and proceed as best you can.
If you believe your academic performance has been seriously affected in some way then you can submit a mitigating circumstances application via your programme. Details are normally in your programme handbook and/or Blackboard.
Please contact your programme/assessment/student support team as soon as you can for further advice.
It will not be possible to sit the exam late. You may apply for mitigating circumstances, as above.
Late submission penalties may be applied. Details are normally in your programme handbook and/or Blackboard.
If you believe you have a good reason for submitting late including difficulties related to downloading your exam paper or uploading your response, you may apply for mitigating circumstances, as above.
Please contact your programme/assessment support team as soon as you can for further advice.
If you contact the programme/assessment support team after the examination time is over, and prior to submission, you may incur a late submission penalty. Details are normally in your programme handbook and/or Blackboard.