Many institutions and universities resorted to open book examination with the pandemic setting in. An exam is considered an open book when students are allowed to take class notes or any approved educational material while answering the questions of the examination. The whole process tests the ability to find and apply knowledge. Open book examinations are often conducted for subjects that need a direct reference to materials for their application. This type of exam encourages higher-order thinking skills in students and enables them to answer students in a more critical and analytical method. It tests a student’s understanding of concepts and ability to find relevant information quickly.
Open Book -Pros
Rather than testing just the memorizing capability of students, open book examinations test a student’s logic and understanding of concepts. It reduced the overall stress experienced by students since it includes lesser theoretical and more application-based questions.
Now to increase the basic understanding of concepts, which is a must for acing open book examinations, students are found to become more prompt in attending classes and lectures of teachers and professors. With increasing application-based learning, the quality of education increases in a true sense.
Students tend to stop putting effort into their education and simply cheat and copy answers which is a negative aspect of open book examinations. The standard of question papers increases and it becomes difficult for students of varying interests to cope with the changes.
With the setting in of open book exams, students are more motivated to take up open book examinations which eradicated the need for examinations in the educational sector. Moreover, educational references depend on the financial statements of families and it becomes difficult to deduce if that student is a proper recipient of the advantage. This makes it difficult to organise open books examinations to a vast extent.