Blue Book Essay Test

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Equipped with the same level of encryption security used by the Federal Reserve Bank, the software makes cheating impossible.

Equipped with the same level of encryption security used by the Federal Reserve Bank, the software makes cheating impossible.

But in 1995 he slammed into the rules of the California bar exam. Wasserman passed the bar, but he never forgot the traumatic episode. The company has lined up customers at law schools from Harvard, Stanford and Georgetown to Pepperdine, Loyola and UC Davis.

So, as an attorney for a software company in San Francisco, he hatched a plan with a neighbor--who happened to be a computer security expert--to develop software that would make cheating impossible on a laptop. Bar exams in a half-dozen states are now offering the option of using laptops.

For Adam Wasserman, blue books symbolize nothing but dread. On the third day of the grueling exam, the daisy wheel jammed.“I totally freaked,” Wasserman said.

Wasserman is dyslexic and has long struggled with reading and writing. He took to computers at 18 and made it through Hofstra University and Hastings Law School by persuading his professors to let him take exams on a computer. He got partial credit for half of the essay he managed to yank out of the machine.

Writing Difficult for Some Students Students, especially those in law school, take notes in class on their laptops.

They write papers on computers and communicate via e-mail.

It’s just too easy to pull up some answers or notes from the hard drive and tack them onto the exam with a few mouse clicks.

The Educational Testing Service, famous for its bubble answer cards on standardized tests, recently switched to computers for graduate school entrance exams--the GRE and the GMAT--which now include essay questions. As chairwoman of UCLA’s Department of Library and Information Science, she believes they evolved from the cheaply produced, paper-covered school books, almanacs and novels known as the bibliotheque bleue, or blue library, in 18th century France.

When she calls to ask why he sent her the essay, he feigns shock, “Oh My God, I’m dead.” Grandma then persuades the professor to accept her grandson’s essay.

Blue books tend to fade from the minds of college grads until something triggers old memories--like Barnard College fund-raisers.

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