IMPORTANT: All students should install Examplify on their laptop and take a mock exam AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED EXAMPLIFY EXAM. Do not wait until the night before to install.
For students using MacOS, you will need to be on Examplify version **2.9.2.** It is also recommended that your computer is on one of the three most recent MacOS updates (Big Sur, Monterey, or Ventura).
Windows computers should be updated to 2.9.6.
** Please follow ourdetailed instructions. ** These instructions will walk you through how to install Examplify as well as how to download, take, and submit your exams. If you are taking a remote Examplify exam, be sure to pay extra attention to the section “Special instructions for Remote Examplify Exams”. Please also review Examplify Best Practices before taking your exams.
Practice Taking a Mock Exam
Practice the exam-taking procedure a few times to become comfortable with the process and to ensure that Examplify functions properly on your laptop. All students must complete a mock exam prior to their scheduled exam.
You can also see your Exam number in Examplify when starting an exam:
Please be sure you are running the recommended version of Examplify.
Once you launch Examplify, you will be given the option to “Update Now” or “Update Later”, choose “Update Now”. Make sure that all of your documents and files are saved prior to updating because your computer will automatically restart after the update is finished.
Ensure your laptop is running the correct version of Examplify.
Ensure that your laptop meets the minimum system requirements for Examplify; that there is plenty of free hard drive space; that your computer is virus free; and that your computer has all pending updates installed (and does not require a restart).
Ensure that your computer is connected to the Internet (required for downloading the exam and uploading your completed exam).
Ensure your laptop is fully charged (and you have the charging cable with you).
Take a practice mock exam before your exam date. (This is required for all remote Examplify exams and recommended for all.)
Quit background applications, such as those in your “system tray” or “Dock”, such as: instant messaging, internet radio, and desktop customization programs. Disable these using the preferences of each program.
After you have installed and tested Examplify, do not remove any programs or files, defragment your hard disk, perform a system restore, or otherwise change your system configuration in any significant way until you complete your last computer exam. These tasks may interfere with Examplify’s ability to function normally.
If you exam is in-class, please take your laptop and exam materials to the Registrar’s Office. An ITS team member will be there to troubleshoot issues with Examplify. If ITS cannot get your laptop to a usable state within 10 minutes, you will need to use another laptop or hand-write the remainder of the exam. Your time limit will be adjusted accordingly.
If your exam is remote and you are experiencing technical problems, please refer to the exam instructions for more information.
Most issues can be resolved with a computer restart and then you can resume your exam. Examplify saves your work automatically every few minutes and maintains several encrypted copies of your exam on your hard drive. If your computer crashes during an exam, you can restart it and Examplify will automatically select the most current version of your exam from your hard drive. Also, be sure that your computer is connected to the Internet.
In the event that you need additional help, an ITS team member will assist you (along with a Registrar contact.)
All students should complete a mock exam before their exam day. Once you have followed the instructions to install Examplify, login and select the Mock Exam option.
On the mock exam click on “Download Exam”.
After the exam has downloaded, click on Start Exam.
Essay only exams: When typing your answers for an essay only exam, there will be only one screen to type in. Type all of your answers under “Question 1” for an essay only exam.
Multiple Choice exams: If the exam is multiple choice you will advance through a numbered sequence on the screen and choose answers by clicking on choices of up to five answers. You have the ability to answer questions in order or skip around to a specific question.
Multiply Choice and Essay exams: If the exam is both, follow the instructions above for Multiple Choice, and the essay will be the last question in the sequence.
Type a few words in the screen for your Mock exam, click through multiple choice answers, and familiarize yourself with the software.
When you are finished, click on the drop down arrow that says “Exam Controls” and choose “Submit exam.” You should see a large green screen that says ‘Upload Complete’. This means that your exam has been successfully uploaded.
Click on Return to Dashboard and log out.
Verify that you followed the steps in the previous question.
Disable your firewall and/or antivirus (Remember to re-enable after your exam).
Disable background services, such as Skype, DropBox, etc.
Clear Windows problem reports. You can find this by searching “View all problem reports” in the Start menu.
Check with the registrar’s office ASAP to see if you will have special accommodations. Student are required to receive approval from Student Disabilities Services to use external devices in an exam, this includes noise cancelling headphones, keyboards etc. Please direct any questions about this to the Registrar’s office. Earplugs are provided on the day of exam.
If you are taking a non-secure (NBI) exam in Examplify, you will be able to access files on your computer. If you exam is a secure exam, Examplify will lock you out of all other programs and files. If your exam is open-note, bring printed material to the exam.
Yes, some students rent a second laptop to use for exams and install Examplify on both. This is fine, but be sure to follow all preparation steps for each laptop.
Copy/pasting from Microsoft Word and other word processing software, which may be possible in the case of non-secure and non-secure block internet (NBI) exams, is not supported by Examplify. Copy/pasting from Word (or other text editing software) can cause issues with the formatting of your exam once it has been submitted that aren’t apparent to the user within the Examplify application. This feature is enabled for use within the Examplify application only and should not be used to paste material copied from sources outside of Examplify. No extra time or accommodation will be provided for issues caused by pasting material into Examplify from an external source.