Exam candidates find past papers valuable in test preparation. Some organizations responsible for holding exams have made past exam papers commercially available by either publishing the papers by themselves or licensing a publisher to do the same. For example, SAT papers in U.S. and GCSE and A level papers in UK are being sold, as well as other exams worldwide.
Many countries such as Singapore publish past examination papers from various sources and publishers such as MOE, SEAB and Education Publishing House(EPH), where many students found it extremely beneficial and useful as many exam-styled questions that are asked in past examination papers are often repeated in the future examination papers, with the exception of wording. Furthermore, these past examination papers are useful for students to prepare for national examinations such as PSLE, N Level, O Level and A Level. Before the EPH could publish past examination papers in the form of books, the publisher must first seek permission from SEAB and MOE, as failure to do so may result in copyright infringement.
Many organisations and educational establishments now provide their past papers on the Internet.Previousyearpaper.com is one of those which is serving the students with free previous year paper sharing since 2011.
At Virginia Tech, past papers are known as "Koofers", after a coffer of past papers used at Bluefield College. Undergraduate students from Virginia Tech made the term more popular and well known by creating the educational platform, Koofers.com.
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