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Exam Frequently Asked Questions


Under what circumstances can I reschedule an exam?

If you need to reschedule an in-class final exam, please complete the Exam Reschedule Form and return it to her no later than end of day Friday, November 19th. You may reschedule a remote in-class exam for the following reasons:

  • You have two in-class exams that occur at the same time.
  • You have three in-class exams in a row (morning, afternoon, morning or; afternoon, morning, afternoon).
  • You have a 9:00 AM that is four hours in length followed immediately by a 1:00 PM exam.

If you need to reschedule for reason other than what is listed above, please contact Dean Linsenmeyer for approval.

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How will I be accessing my take-home exams?

For “traditional” take-home exams (i.e., those that you are permitted to work on for 24 hours or longer), you will access your exam through ExamSoft, using their web-based platform for accessing take-home exams. There is no special software needed to access and download take-home exams. Once downloaded, you will work on the exam in the word processing program on your own computer and then upload your answer once you have completed the exam.

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Can I download my take-home exam over the weekend?

You may not download take-home exams over the weekend. Downloading is restricted due to the unavailability of IT assistance with downloading exams and uploading answers over the weekend.

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Do I need to be connected to the Internet during the entire time that I work on my take-home exam?

You do not need to be connected to the Internet during the entire time that you are working on an exam. You only need to be connected to the Internet when you download the exam before you start working on it and when you upload your answer after you finish working on it.

If you encounter difficulties, you will probably need to clear your cache and close the browser. Also, email IT and the Registrar your file. Keep trying even after the exam window has ended.

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I am unable to log in to upload my Take-Home.

You will need to clear your cache and close the browser. Also, email IT and the Registrar your file. Keep trying even after the exam window has ended.

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My 48 hr take-home says its due on Sunday in the ExamSoft portal!

You will still be able to upload it. It will not be late as long as you follow the guidelines that are written on the Take-Home Schedule.

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Am I restricted in any way when writing a take-home exam downloaded from ExamSoft?

No. For take-home exams downloaded using the ExamSoft platform, you will be working on your exam as you would a take-home exam that you picked up in hard copy from the Registrar’s Office. In other words, you will be using MS Word or another word processing program to type your answer. When you have completed your exam, you will upload your answer through ExamSoft.

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Can I print out a copy of the exam questions and of my answer?

For take-home exams downloaded from ExamSoft, you will be able to print out a copy of your exam and your answer. You will not be able to print or copy exam questions for in-class exams.

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Where can I find the video tutorials on using ExamSoft?

The video tutorials for ExamSoft can be found here.

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What is the difference between In-Class (Secure or Unsecure) and Take-Home Exams?

Take-home exams are files downloaded from examsoft.com/pittlaw on the Courses tab. These files are worked on and then uploaded during the designated upload time window. (Note: Course will not show until the exam start time. If you log on at 8:59am with a 9am start, you will not see it until you log out and log back in.)
Where the download is in the ExamSoft window

Secure or Unsecure exams (also known as in-class exams or remote in-class exams) are completed within the software Examplify.
Where the exams are in Examplify

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What is my mock exam ID and password?

Exam ID:  1234 (or make it up)
Password: mock123

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How do I obtain my exam ID for midterms or final exams?

All exam IDs are emailed to students prior to the exam.

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Can I use my tablet or phone to complete my exam?

No Virtual Machines, Linux or Chromebooks, tablets, phones.

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What is the DocuSign Exam Software Training Statement?

The Training Statement is required by all students who use a laptop to take an exam with Examplify. It certifies that you have watched the video training. Many issues and questions arise due to lack of having watched the video.

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I was in the middle of an exam and my computer crashed. Now what?

During the crash: Take a deep breath. Your exam is backed up every 30-60 seconds. Just hold down the power button and wait for the computer to shut off. Then power it back on, log in and wait for Examplify to relaunch.

Post exam: Did you disable your antivirus before launching Examplify? Please also run a malware scan.

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I can't upload my take-home exam before the window closes, because I either can't log in or the website won't load.

You will need to clear your cache and close the browser. Also, email IT and the Registrar your file. Keep trying even after the exam window has ended.

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My professor said my exam is in TWEN.

TWEN is separately supported by Susanna Leers.

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I can't access Box or OneDrive during an in-secure exam.

Your exam is not secure, but doesn't allow Internet. Note that if the exam does not allow Internet, you must store a local copy of your notes and any other files you may want to access if they are stored in Box or OneDrive.

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How do I view exam results in ExamSoft?

  1. Log on to the ExamSoft web portal.
  2. In ExamSoft web portal, click Courses.
  3. Click on the course you wish to see results for.
  4. To view released results, click on the graph icon next to View Results on the course page.
  5. The results will be displayed on a new browser tab.

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Can I use dual monitors?

In a secure exam, no. Please unplug your second (and any additional) monitor(s) before launching Examplify. Especially if you have two screens with different resolutions, ExamSoft may not display properly on your primary monitor.

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I have an electronic book, but the exam has no Internet.

You must contact Law IT at least two weeks prior to the exam start date for assistance. (Ex. Fall 2021, contact Law IT by November 24.) They will instruct you on ways to have your eBook accessible on the computer and test access with a special mock exam.

Tools for Offline Reading:

Read Offline with the West Academic Library App
Download Instructions for Vitalsource (Wolters Kluwer) eBooks
Using Kindle Reader Offline on Mac
Enable Kindle Cloud Reader for Offline Use

Mock Exam to Test:

Please test your eBook with the Mock Unsecure Exam - no Internet

Not Compatible:  Casebook Connect (please contact lawit@pitt.edu before the deadline)

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Is my exam in the ExamSoft portal? or Examplify?

An easy way to remember things is that if a course appears on the “In-Class” schedule, you will complete the exam through Examplify (the software that you download on your computer). Any class that appears on the take-home schedule, will be accessed through examsoft.com/pittlaw. The printed detailed exam schedule will tell you the length of the exam, the type (open book, closed book, limited), if Internet is permitted or not, etc. If your class is listed as a “limited open book” exam, you should touch base with your faculty member to determine which materials are/are not permitted for the exam.

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I found a typo or apparent error in the exam.

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in the exam question or materials, please note the apparent mistake in your answer and explain how you are addressing the exam question or how you understand the materials in light of that mistake. DO NOT contact faculty during an exam about any apparent mistake or other issues.

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How do I use Word Count?

In the software, to switch between character count and word count, click on the document icon next to the words ‘Essay Answer’. If you highlight your text, it will count the words you have highlighted. By clicking on the page icon, your word count will become visible.

word count location highlighted

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Can I copy and paste in an unsecure exam?

We do allow copy and paste within Examplify. However, you are not permitted to use Microsoft Word and copy your exam into ExamSoft. The reasons you are not permitted are:

  • If your computer crashes, Examplify saves every keystroke. Word does maybe every 5 to 10 minutes and sometimes that isn’t recoverable.
  • Formatting is completely lost.
  • You may not be paying attention to the time and miss out pasting everything over to Examplify.
  • The software records keystrokes including a copy and paste.

We want to fully support you. The only way we can do that is if you type in Examplify. If your work is lost in Microsoft Word, there is nothing we can do to help you recover that. We are also unable to help you if you do not get it into Examplify in enough time before the timer ends.

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