Outlining during an essay examination is sloppier than outlining for an essayor report would be, and it takes some practice, but of all the steps in the testtaking process, I think outlining is the most valuableeven though it's thestep most students resist.
First, .Drafts are an important part of the writing process when you have time to usethem. You can set them aside for several hours or days, and come back for a moreobjective look at what is effective and what is not. You can treat drafts asresources, as foundations for rewriting. But drafts don't work like that underthe time pressures of an essay examination (or under other similar timepressures, either).
The Essay Type Examination - Los Angeles City College
Abstract: More college teachers should make use of essay examinations in their courses. Well-constructed essay questions test higher-level knowledge than most objective questions. They also furnish students with valuable writing practice and provide the opportunity for mutual feedback between teacher and student. Some disadvantages of essay exams include the amount of time they take to grade and their inherent subjectivity. Teachers can increase their grading objectivity by covering students' names, deciding in advance the key points each essay should cover, and stopping the grading when they begin to feel tired.