For all SCU LAW alums, we wish you the best of luck on your upcoming bar exams. We've prepared a special laptop prep video just for you, but it also can help our current SCU LAW students prepare for their upcoming exams as well. Best of Luck!
|It is recommended that you get your computer in order several weeks before your scheduled exam will take place. You’ll want to minimize common issues that most test-takers encounter before their scheduled exam. The following list was compiled for your benefit so let your journey begin...|
|Before your Exam|
|Get the latest information on the current exam period at Office of Assessements Exam page.|
|Verify that you can log into your Examsoft Portal Registration site. You will be sent an email from SCU LAW's Examsoft administrator (usually from firstname.lastname@example.org) that details your Examsoft portal registration credentials. Make sure your 11-digit student ID and password will allow you to access the online portal registration page. You will be prompted for these credentials later when you complete your local installation of Examplify.|
|Seek out support well in advance. Examsoft has stated that it provides 24/7 support for Examplify. Be forewarned, Examsoft does up take up to 48-72 hours to get back to you. Law students seem to have better luck using the online Exam support chat ( https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/ lower right corner ) to get a hold of a live person. If your computer is having hardware issues and still under warranty, then contact your computer vendor (or your local authorized repair shop) asap and have it repaired. You can also reach out to Law Technology at LawHelpdesk.scu.edu or during exam finals, you can reach us 408-554-5762.|
|Learn to Install the Exam Taking Software|
|Learn to Install Examplify (Windows)||Learn to install Examplify (Mac OS)|
|Learn all that you need to know about exams. For 1Ls (2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls too!), refresh your SCU Law Exam process knowledge by reviewing the Exam Info Session presented by the Office of Assessment (9/23/2020).|
Run all Operating System (OS) updates. This is important. Some students on an exam restart, have gotten hung up on a system update that cannot be canceled. Make sure your computer is up to date.
OS upgrades, on the other hand, are different, and Examplify may not be compatible with new OS upgrades like Big Sur (Mac OS 11). So before you do a major OS upgrade, e.g. Windows 10, Mac OS 10.1x to Mac OS 11, then triple check with the vendor (Examsoft), Santa Clara University IT, and Law Technology to see if Examplify is fully supported.
|Check to see if your OS is supported by both Santa Clara University and Examsoft. We often have users that want to be on the bleeding edge of technology and companies like Apple and Microsoft will want you to upgrade to their latest Beta OS. However, check and re-check to make sure your OS is fully supported to run Examplify. |
Have you restarted your computer lately? We have found that the majority of students do not restart their computer for weeks, even months! It is important to restart your computer at least once a week. Most exam issues have been resolved with a computer restart, which could have been avoided entirely if the computer had already been restarted beforehand.
Update to the latest exam taking software version. Have the latest update installed for your exam software. If there is a new update, it will notify you upon launch. NOTE: For the Fall 2020 final exams, the minimum version you need is 2.4. As 11/16/2020, Examsoft has released version 2.5.
|If you are currently on Examplify 2.4 and wish to stay on 2.4, then simply select "later" when prompted to update to a newer version (2.5)|
Check the permission settings for Examplify with Exam ID and Exam Monitor feature enabled. If the Office of Assessment has notified you that your remote (scheduled) close book exam will be using Exam ID and Exam Monitor feature of Examplify, then make sure to review what Exam ID and Exam Monitor our FAQ and check your permissions.
Run the mock exam. After successfully registering and installing Examplify, the most important thing you want to do is run the mock exams provided to you. There are different mock exams ranging from open book, to secure, etc. Each exam sets up your computer up differently, so make sure to run them all.
|Check to make sure your have enough local storage. If you have not taken an audit of your data files, then do so before your first exam. We recommend having at least 25 Gigabytes or more free. If you have download a bunch of extraneous files (PDFs, install files, etc.), then back them up (or delete them if not needed) to an external source and save yourself the headache. For older computers, you need to provide as much local storage to allow the CPU to use the local disk as a temporary cache area so the more local storage the better. |
Before you take your exam, you'll want all unnecessary applications closed. These include streaming apps like Spotify, any email applications, etc. These applications take resources on your computer and even though Examplify will close them for you, it's best to do it ahead of time.
For secure (closed-book) exams, you will want to close all applications down completely before you launch or start your exam.
For open or semi-secure exams, you will want to close all applications and only keep the applications open that you will use for your notes before you launch/start your exam. Be mindful of the number applicatons that are opened since Examplify will have to compete for memory resources during your exam.
|Address missing time remaining issues. Check your settings so that is doesn't condense information at the top of the screen. Examsoft support suggest reviewing their knowledge base article, here. If your timer is displaying correctly in your mock exam, then no need to make any changes to your display settings. Again, always run the mock exams to uncover and address those anomalies before your taking your real exams.|
|Examplify may have issues with multiple monitors. While having two or even three monitors connected to your notebook computer is helpful for online classes, you will have issues with Examplify. Exampify requires a dedicated output of a single video display so at most 1 external monitor connected to your computer will suffice for exams. However, test the single external monitor setup prior to your actual exam by running all mock exams.|
|Recover from Virtual Machine error. Learn how to troubleshoot that Virtual Machine error after a routine Examplify update on your Windows computer.|
12/4/2020 Update: For fall 2020 exam takers, if you are still getting an error, then download and install Examplify version 2.5.4
Learn the power of clearing your web browser cache. You might not know it, but clearing the cache on your web browser will help to resolve those upload/download issues with take-home exams when submitting your exam answers to the Examsoft web portal. Check out our FAQ here to learn how.
|Write or print out important exam information. For remote exams, make sure to have your anonymous grading ID (AGID); Examsoft portal/registration credentials (11-digit ID and password); resume codes for each exam; correct passwords for each exam, and exam instructions near by and at the ready.|
|During your Exam|
|Avoid large copy/cut and paste actions during your exams. Examplify already takes up a lot of memory and doing a large cut and past action during your exam may cause Examplify to have performance issues, which may cause Examplify to freeze up. Use your best judgement on how to copy/cut and paste manageable chunks, preferably 1 page (about 250 words) or less, to avoid the dreaded application freeze. Otherwise, you need to recover from a frozen screen.|
|Learn how to recover from a frozen screen during an exam. As frightening as that sounds, Examplify does have a mechanism to recover itself in the event that the application freezes up. Review our FAQ on how to recover from a frozen screen.|
|Don't wait until the last moment to upload your remote or take-home exam. Yes, it's it is important to download your exam template on time, but it is also important to upload your exam answer file on time. When you are given ample time to complete your exam, don't wait until the last moment of your due date and time to upload your exam answer file. Examsoft portal site, at times, can be overwhelmed, especially during exam periods.Time management is key so please plan accordingly.|
|After your Exam|
|Restart your computer. If you find that Examplify can't upload your exam due to your WiFi adapter not accessing the Internet, then restart your computer and then relaunch Examplify to initiate your exam upload process again. Also, even if you submitted your exam answer file without any issues, it is always good to just restart and refresh your computers memory.|
|Background picture has changed and perhaps your desktop icons are missing? After you have submitted your exam answer file and then Examplify goes back to your desktop, Examplify is suppose to run a utility to switch all your old settings back to your previous desktop settings. However, Examplify sometimes does not run this process correctly so you may need to run the utility on your own. Click on the icons / links below to find how to resolve this issue.|
For Windows computer laptops, review this FAQ to resolve your background issue
For Mac computer laptops, review this FAQ to resolve your background issue.
|Check to make sure your RTF files are read properly. When you get an RTF copy of your exam with comments and/or feedback, you may run into an issue of missing information. For Mac OS users, review our tech tip to see how to resolve this issue.|