Open book tests in schools

Do you feel open book tests should be incorporated more in schools?

As a paraprofessional for a few years so far, I’ve noticed students struggle with memorization tests more so now than ever before. I understand the education system needs to implement memorization tests to assess students’ knowledge, but it should not be the main way of assessing students. Not all students respond to memorization tests as well as others. Therefore, open book tests should be placed in schools and classrooms.

Open book tests teach students to be resourceful. Not only students should know the answers to questions, but they need to be able to look up the answers as quick as possible. Many skills are incorporated that will be valuable for students’ future, such as looking up information within students’ college courses and in their jobs and careers.

Furthermore, we know that memorization tests increase students’ anxiety, so open book tests help decrease anxiety students feel when taking tests. Open book tests help students better focus on subject concepts. As a result, creates a better outlook for taking exams in school and beyond.

After reading this blog story, do you agree open book tests should be incoporated more in schools? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


Published by The World of Autism

My name is Michelle. Follow my journey on life with Autism.

2 thoughts on “Open book tests in schools

  1. You do bring up a lot of good points especially for people with learning disabilities. However, I wonder if other might take advantage of this and just not apply themselves enough to learn the material at hand. Students need to learn coping mechanisms to reduce stress, this would be a wonderful skill to learn early on as it will benefit them in their life.

    I think open book testing is definitely worth talking about though. I appreciate your perspective on the matter.

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    1. Hi! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my blog story. I agree with you that students with disabilities need to learn coping mechanisms.Although, open tests demonstrate life skills for students with disabilities that is often forgotten in schools. Students need to learn to find, analyze, and interpret information. Do you agree?


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