Here are some samples I am working on. Either I have made a mistake or the final bar is incomplete. Is it normal in an exam to have incomplete bars at the end?

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    I hope the assignment makes extra clear that those are two separate examples. I can imagine plenty of students who would join the last beat of the top example and the first three beats of the second into a single measure, especially since doing so means ending with a full bar of the second excerpt.
    – Richard
    Aug 23, 2021 at 9:34
  • yeah you have to just look at the letters on the left but it can be tricky
    – user35708
    Aug 23, 2021 at 10:35
  • To stave off (heh) related questions about incomplete measures in "real" pieces: music.stackexchange.com/questions/95245/…, music.stackexchange.com/questions/49445/… Aug 23, 2021 at 13:17
  • If it were one piece I would want to know how both the key signature and time signature change inside a measure.
    – David K
    Aug 23, 2021 at 18:01
  • @Richard - it does say 'extracts', and they're written in different keys, and there wouldn't be a new (different) time sig. for what some may consider a follow on from the first extract - which then couldn't be starting on the 1st beat - as also stated. I think we're safe!
    – Tim
    Aug 24, 2021 at 7:54

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Yes, they're literally open-ended. This means you can't necessarily work backwards, as sometimes that can help, so makes the question a touch more difficult.

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