Completing timed assessments


Open-book assessments, also known as open-book exams, allow you to use resources like notes or textbooks when completing them. They may be conducted in a specific venue, or completed at home and submitted online:

  • Short timed assessments (1 - 2 hours) are usually held at a university exam venue or completed remotely, with varying degrees of access to resources and references.
  • Longer timed take-home assessments (6 hours or more) are completed either on a Monash University platform, or as an assignment submission.


For closed-book assessments, you are only allowed to bring your writing materials, approved equipment, such as a calculator, and your mind, sharpened through preparation. Below you will find strategies to help you just before and during your assessment.

Before the day of the assessment

During the assessment