The Catholic University of America


How to Prepare for  Open Book Exams



 vs. Closed Book Exams


The preparation is…. surprisingly almost the SAME!


-Create an outline


-Memorization of the basic structure of the course 


-Create a checklist of topics/issues


 -Cementing into memory the “categories” of the course, which rules of law are relevant to categories, what fact patterns trigger a particular category/ topic/ rule of law


-Pre-write answers to anticipated essays (for open book exams they can be brought INTO the exam room if there are no professor guidelines prohibiting this)


-Making sure to memorize not only the rule of law including all the sub-elements






-  Make sure your outline has a table of contents and tabs so you can find the information you need quickly


-Professors often expect more in-depth analysis including numerical citations to Code provisions in a Code course