Timing on Exams

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WSJ_Law
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Timing on Exams

Postby WSJ_Law » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:56 pm

(1) To what extent is the amount of time available for response-drafting a factor in the ability to score highly on exams? If you wish, feel free to comment on how time is an issue in some classes/exam question types/etc. Assume standard 1L course load.

(2) Would considerably extra time (1.5x/2x) be an advantage on law school exams, and how so?

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Re: Timing on Exams

Postby Heartford » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:41 pm

WSJ_Law wrote:(1) To what extent is the amount of time available for response-drafting a factor in the ability to score highly on exams? If you wish, feel free to comment on how time is an issue in some classes/exam question types/etc. Assume standard 1L course load.

(2) Would considerably extra time (1.5x/2x) be an advantage on law school exams, and how so?


1) To a pretty great extent. (see: arguments on this site in favor of typing speed being a huge factor in law school performance.)

2) Yes. See above.

Traditional law school exams are essay prompts. If you were to write an essay in six hours, don't you think it might come out better overall than the same essay written in only three hours?

ETA: If your rationale for question #2 has to do with whether you should arrange for exam accommodations for a learning disability or other reasons, check your school's policy on whether this is noted on your transcript.




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