NEBOSH Open Book Examination

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NEBOSH, like organisations around the world, is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment. We have therefore brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for our range of qualifications and courses.

The first phase of this project is to introduce open book examinations (OBE) for units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. These units are part of the National and International General Certificate, the National and International Certificate in Fire Risk Management, and the National and International Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.

This will replace invigilated paper-based examinations and enable learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

The first open book examination will take place on 6 August 2020. Learners wishing to sit this examination must register via their Learning Partner. This sitting with be in the English language only. Other languages will be announced at a later date.

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.

You must prepare and revise for your open book examination.

Top tips

Give yourself the greatest chance of success and make sure you are prepared before the day of your examination:

  • Study and revise
    Make sure you thoroughly understand the topic so that you apply your knowledge to the unfamiliar scenario presented in the examination
  • Prepare an environment that:
    • Is comfortable with a desk and chair
    • Has got room for your notes, books and other resources
    • Is free from distractions
    • Is well lit
    • Has a good internet connection available
    • Is not too hot or too cold
  • Read through the resources provided on this page
  • Familiarise yourself with the online examination platform before the day of your examination

Registered learners will receive an email with instructions on how to do this and further information about the platform can be found in the Technical Learner Guide in the Resources section below.

Source: NEBOSH site

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