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Examinations

Examiners are interested in what you know, not what you don’t know. They don’t write exam questions that trick you in any way. Exams at the OU are mostly written, but can be oral for some subjects. Some subjects have an end-of-module assessment (EMA) instead of an exam check the details of your module to find out what to expect.

Covered in this section

  • Practical considerations and what to expect at the exam centre
  • Deciding what to write about
  • Making the most of your time in the exam
  • Oral exams and EMAs (end-of-module assessments)
  • Results
  • 25 mins to complete this section
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  • Audio (10)

Exams let you demonstrate some of what you have learnt on the module - the arguments, concepts, skills, processes, debates or theories - as well as your knowledge of the subject. You aren't expected to know or remember everything in the module, but you should be able to show your understanding of what you have studied.

Ged's advice on taking the exam

Knowing what to expect can help you to be confident about the exam.

You will be notified of your exam date and time. If necessary and if you act quickly, you can request to take your examination at another exam centre. Contact your OU office as soon as possible.

We’ll send you the Examinations Timetable booklet, Examination Allocation letter and Examination Arrangements booklet. They will tell you where your exam is, what you can and can’t take in with you and any other rules that apply to the exam. You’ll need to take your Examination Allocation letter with you to the exam, together with identification.