Again, I blog from smack in the middle of a take-home. This one is a 48hr take home for Advanced Environmental Law. Of course, I can't say anything about the content exam itself.
However the professor publicly e-mailed and posted the instruction pages before the exam period began, so I can tell you what the exam is like, structurally. (Given that this is public information and cannot aid anyone taking the exam, since, of course, we all know this already).
There are 3 sections to the exam. Each section has 3 questions. I have to answer one (and *only* one) question per section, meaning that I give 3 answers for the whole exam. (Each of these answers is weighed equally in determining the grade.) The total exam cannot be more than 15 double spaced pages of 12 point font with one inch margins. We can jigger with the exact amount of pages we want to spend on each answer, we can pick the font type.
While that might *sound* like a lot, it's really not. 15 pages doublespaced 12 point font ends up in the rough neighborhood of about 5 thousand words, depending on the font type you pick, your word choice, and where your paragraphs end.
But there's certainly an upper limit on the amount of information you can cram in, even for the most telegraphic and white-space-phobic. As the instructions note: "The page limitation is intended to promote direct, concise writing." And frankly, if I had to wade through 30 or so exams (that's 450 pages!) I'd want it as direct and clear as could be.
I have 48hrs to do the whole thing (it's due on Sun, 5ish).
And by the way - while I appreciate the sentiment behind what this is trying to accomplish, does anyone besides myself think this is just a little bit creepy?