# 4.6: Types of Exams

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## Introduction

## Types of exams

**Closed exams**

**Restricted exams**

**Open book exams**

#### Take home exams

#### Multiple choice

### Table 21.1 Multiple choice questions

The question and/or statement or question: | Analyse this very carefully as the key words give you the information to determine the correct answer. Take care with small words which are qualifiers (e.g., ‘not’, ‘only’, ‘today’) as they place limitations on the situation or problem (e.g., which answer is not a type of cat). |

The possible answers: | There may be as few as three, but generally there are four or five possible answers which are made up of the following types: • one or more incorrect answers; • one or more correct answers, one of which is a more accurate or a fuller answer than the other/s. |

#### Short answer exams

#### Essay exams

#### Case study exams

#### Maths exams

### Table 21.2 Types of maths exams

Exam type | Materials allowed | Study tips |

Open exam | Access to any printed or written material and a calculator. | • Avoid bringing in too much information—as you may not be able to find the information you need quickly enough. • Organise any notes or books you bring to the exam, use tabs to identify different sections. • Summarise and highlight key points in different colours to find easily. • If you have an online textbook/studybook, consider if there are sections you may need to print out. |

Restricted Exams | Bring in only specific items, normally a calculator and sometimes a formula sheet. | • Practice using the formula sheet while studying to familiarise yourself with using it to be able to quickly find everything you need. |

Closed Exams | Access only writing and drawing instruments. | • Know what will and will not be assessed in the exam. • You may be provided with a formula sheet, if so, know what will be included and practice using it. |