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    I go to a good university and study English Lit and Lang. With exams coming up, I've been discussing things with a friend of mine who goes to a university that is not as good.
    I've just found out that she gets to take in two pages of quotes for her exam! One question is to write an essay and the other is to compare two poems that they are given in the paper. So that's two pages of quotes PLUS two+ poems in the paper, that they can use for their essay.
    We don't get to take anything in, and we have to write two essays. Now, I'm not saying that I want to be able to take quotes in, because I've revised hard and I'm ready for this exam. I'm just annoyed that the same degree (with the same course code) at another university is assessed so much differently. It means that for postgrad courses or jobs, I am competing against someone from that university and if we both have a 2:1 it looks like we are equal on paper, but we aren't. They had it easier.
    No wonder people say degrees from certain universities are worth less than other certain universities :rolleyes:
    Where do you study English, and are you allowed to take notes into exams?

    Whatever exam 'system' you do, you are judged in comparison only to the other people who have done that exam. You are not competing with people at that different University, only with the other people on your course, at your Uni. Therefore, it is not 'fair' or 'unfair' that they take notes into an exam and you dont.

    'Same course code' is utterly irrelevant - it isnt the same course is it? You didnt do precisely the same course, with exactly the same material, exactly the same lectures did you? Therefore why do you expect to have the same assessment?

    I have done exams where I was allowed to take specific texts into the exam. Others where we were allowed to take notes in. Since all students took the exam under the same circumstances, our grades reflected our abilities under those circumstances.
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