Blue book exam

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A typical exam blue book

A blue book exam is a type of test administered at many post-secondary schools in the United States. Blue book exams typically include one or more essays or short-answer questions. Sometimes the instructor will provide students with a list of possible essay topics and will then choose one or let the student choose from two or more topics that appear on the test.

History[edit]

Butler University in Indianapolis was the first to introduce exam blue books.[1] They were given a blue color because Butler's school colors are blue and white; therefore they were named "blue books".[2]

The book[edit]

Blue books typically contain several sheets of wide-ruled notebook paper. Dimensions of the book itself is generally 8.5 by 7 inches, composed of two or three ruled leaves, bound in a sheet of paper and held together by staples. Although the color blue is most common, other colors may be used. The "Green Book" is an environmentally friendly green-colored book manufactured by Roaring Spring Paper Products that is the same size as its blue counterpart but is made with 100 percent recycled paper, 30 percent of it post-consumer waste.[3]

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