The exam certainly was hard and rigorous from a time perspective. That said, I am a big believer in law school examinations serving the dual purpose of testing and teaching. I would certainly use this format of examination again. The true false gave me coverage of differing fact patterns, as did the short answer. The students had many situations to contend with, but also had to draft some short essays (typically about a page each) and cite to the appropriate code provisions. As for student performance, with a few exceptions, the students tended to do about the same on each part of the examination. The students who did well on the true/false mostly did about the same on the short answer essay.
Overall, I was also pleased with the quality of the answers given by the students. The rules of double debtors and new debtors probably gave the students the most trouble, but this did not surprise me. I find that the rules of 9-325 and 9-326 are hard for students to grasp (even with the examples in the code). But I did give the students a hint in the review session that these rules might appear on the examination. The next time I teach Secured Transactions, I will be mindful of my approach on these issues to see if there are better ways to make this easier for the students. With this exception, though, I am confident that the students do understand the basics of Article 9.
Most of my students this year will be taking the bar examination in Pennsylvania where Article 9 is no longer on the bar exam. But as these issues come up routinely in practice, the examinations give me confidence that they will be able to solve these issues when they arise. I would use this format of examination again, though it was a close call to pair multiple-choice with a long format traditional essay. I hope that you all had a good semester and have your grading done (or at least almost).