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Durion23 Durion23 18-21, M 10 Answers Jun 2, 2012

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Yes ! They teach one how to look up information, which is pretty much what we do in real life because we can't memorize everything, which is what most tests require.

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An open-book test is a good idea when the course involves a lot of facts, equations, etc, that the student isn't expected to remember. Being able to use the book for equations, or, similarly, being allowed to take in a sheet of notes, removes the unnecessary stress of pure memorization. <br />
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For example, I don't believe it is beneficial to make people remember the Periodic Table. So, students should be allowed to have a Periodic Table in front of them.

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I've never taken either, so I can't speak from personal experience. I guess it depends on what the test has been designed to measure, but my instinctive reaction is that a take-home test lends itself to cheating unless it's simply going to be regarded as homework (ie the student can look things up and search for help) - in which case it isn't really a test.

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It's not that test can only be one thing so I don't see why not. If it's an essay test on subject that requires more comprehension than rote memory it makes more sense.

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Makes the people who suck at tests feel better about themselves for doing a HW assignment. More power to

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Open book -- if they're created correctly you shouldn't have enough time to look up more than one or two things.<br />
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Take home -- if done right then it's not about what you can look up but how you can put it into your own words and thoughts.

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Agreed. A take-home test should be about application, but rewriting facts or ideas on a different sheet of paper.

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They're testing your ability to use the information at your disposal. So, yes.

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I don't think so.

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I think so - the same way a paper can be considered a test. Had one in an Economic Philosophy class that took me almost 12 hours in the college library to complete. However, I learned a lot during that 12 hours. Far more productive that class time.

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