Open Book Test Taking Tips

Tips and strategies on how to take an open book test.

  • Spend an equal or greater amount of time preparing as you would for a normal test. The open book test will most likely be harder than if it were a closed book exam.
  • Familiarize yourself with the book and relevant materials.
  • If it's allowed, write down all the important formulas and key information on a separate sheet so you don't have to search through your book for it.
  • Focus on learning the main ideas and get a feel for where they are located in the book, learn the details later if there's still time.
  • Highlight important points, use post-it notes, bookmarks and make notes in your book, if it is allowed.
  • Bring all the resources that your professor or teacher allows.
  • Answer the easy questions that you know off the top of your head first, then go back and answer the questions where you need to reference your book.
  • Use quotations from the book to support your view, but don't over-quote, be sure to give your own insight and commentary.
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