What is an open book examination?

Open book examinations enable you to sit your NEBOSH assessment on your own, usually in your own home or another safe and suitable location where you can concentrate. In a NEBOSH open book examination you will have up to 24 hours to complete your paper - though you should be able to complete the examination in 4-5 hours.

Do not think that an open book examination is an easy alternative; NEBOSH is trusted by organisations around the world to provide relevant and rigorous qualifications and assessments. The questions you’ll be asked will be different to those in our previous closed book examinations. You will be presented with a scenario that describes a realistic workplace and situation. You will then be asked to carry out a series of tasks using evidence presented in the scenario as well as the underpinning knowledge you have gained through your studies and revision.

You can expect to see questions that ask What? Could? How? Why? and Where? These will not only assess what you know but what you can do with that knowledge; our examiners will be looking for you to demonstrate analytical, evaluation and creative skills as well as critical thinking.

Whatever format the question, it will relate to the syllabus and learning outcomes of your qualification.

To help you during the open book examination you can use resources such as notes, textbooks, learning materials and online resources. It’s important to remember that cutting and pasting from a textbook or online will not provide you with a good answer – you will need to really understand the topic and apply your understanding to the scenario given in the question paper.

Resources

A range of resources to help you revise and prepare for your assessment, including how to access and submit your work, can be found here. 

RESOURCES