Examplify is NOT compatible with Mac OS lower than 10.13 (High Sierra, Catalina)

Compatibility with High Sierra

If you have a version of Mac OS lower than 10.13 (High Sierra) please update your system. If your system will not support High Sierra or a newer OS your system will not support ExamSoft Examplify (see ExamSoft’s site for details).

If you have questions please contact ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889 or you may stop by the Law Library’s Public Services desk and ask for an Information Services team member.

Compatibility with Catalina

Examplify now supports the latest Mac OS Catalina. However, if you want to update your Macbook devices to this software, you must also reinstall version 2.1.0 of Examplify by going to www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw.

ExamSoft Examplify Mac System Requirements: https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

Preparing for the Worst – Examplify

Thankfully, we have a very good system in Examplify. This software is very stable and reliable. However note that in life, there are myriad variables that we all must navigate on a daily basis, and I’m not even talking about traffic.

Keeping the fact that life is full of variables and unexpected (unexplained?) challenges, one should seek to mitigate risk as much as is practical. Particularly when it comes to law school exams.

So, a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Restart your computer before finals… just please trust me on this.
  2. Close down all extraneous programs like Word, Chrome, Spotify (especially Spotify) before opening Examplify.
  3. Once you download Examplify, take a mock exam to test everything out.
  4. PC USERS: Please don’t forget to disable your Antivirus before launching an exam. You can re-enable it again afterwards, but it must be turned off before you launch Examplify. For directions on how to disable antivirus, please visit ExamSoft’s website: https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/Disabling-Anti-Virus-Software

  Download NOW avoid surprises.


Ok, so it’s not a terrible disaster if you have to hand write but it may be a bit disappointing to say the least. We’d love to help you avoid that disappointment if we can.

It’s also good to think about your computer as a test taking device as you approach finals (and the Bar Exam for you third years).

You don’t want to load up all kinds of free software, do scary web-browsing, and other activities that can add new variables to your computing life.

If there is any way you can do your gaming and scary web-browsing on another machine, you should do that. Keep your exam computer sacrosanct, holy and righteous, if only for the exam season.

Alumni Email? Get your new email account! With benefits!

Hurray! You’ve graduated from Pepperdine Law! The last thing on your mind is your Pepperdine Email account, but there are some things you need to know…

  • After graduation a process starts that begins with your status changing from student to alumnus.  This process involves a file transfer that takes place sometimes weeks after graduation.  Sure, you have the diploma but the system doesn’t recognize you as an alumnus until that file is transferred from the student system to the alumni system. Typically this takes place about a month after the date of your graduation.  That’s when all the automated stuff starts up.
  • On the fifteenth day of the month immediately after your graduation date you will get an email to your student email account.  This email will give you the instructions and an important link you will need to setup your alumni email account… but you needn’t wait for that note, you can do it NOW by going here.
  • Note that student email accounts are deleted 90 days after the student’s last enrolled semester (90 days from the time of your entry into the alumni system — typically less than a month after Graduation day).
  • Once an account is deleted/deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumnus now!  Alumni may obtain a free, email account through Pepperdine’s Alumni Association. You can find more information on Alumni Email at this website.

Part of this process also includes instructions on how to easily migrate your Pepperdine Google Drive contents to a new Alumni Google Drive account!  The best benefit? UNLIMITED STORAGE!

After your student email address expires, no mail will be received at your student address. To make a smooth transition, the Alumni Association recommends:

  1. Set up your new alumni e-mail address immediately when you get that email noted above.
  2. Forward your mail in Wavenet to a new email address — that new alumni address or another one you prefer. (Note that forwarding will only work up until your student email account is suspended.)
  3. Set up an out-of-office message in your Pepperdine Student Email (accessed through Wavenet) account informing all your contacts of your graduation and of your new email address. Log into Wavenet click on Options, and then update your Out of Office Assistant.

Graduating 3L? LexisNexis access for you after graduation…

–From our friends at LexisNexis–

LexisNexis Graduate Access:

Graduating 3Ls have continued access to Lexis upon graduation to keep their skills up to date and use for job and interview preparation.

The Graduate Program gives extended access to Lexis Advance to spring graduates via their law school IDs through December 31, 2019.

This ID also grants them access to the Graduate Home Page and gives them a graduation gift (detailed in the flyer).

The transition from a regular law school ID to a graduate ID happens on July 5, 2019.

Read the flyer (linked below) for more information, including special services for those employed by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Graduate Program Flyer

Law School Email Signature Update

Information Services is happy to announce an improved system for email signatures at the Pepperdine Caruso Law School (yes, remember that it’s now Caruso!). This new stationery system will be effective starting Nov. 26. We ask all members of staff and faculty to abide by the instructions listed in this article to ensure a sense of uniform professionalism and consistent brand identity.

Please make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to utilize our 50th anniversary email signature!

Again, the informational instruction page link is here: https://community.pepperdine.edu/imc/resources/style-guide/email-signatures/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Examplify Features: Spell Check

Spellcheck is automatically available for all exams. When you misspell a word, a red line automatically appears under the word, and by right-clicking on the word (similar to in Microsoft word), you will be given correctly spelled options. Select your preferred word and the misspelled word will be replaced. This feature is only available on the exam when permitted by the professor.

Taking An Open Notes Exam

In Examplify, there is a “Mock Final Exam–Open Notes” available for all students to try. This allows students to practice taking an exam with open notes and internet access.

It is recommended that students take a mock exam before the first real exam to make sure software is working correctly, and to become familiar with the interface and features of the Examplify software. Here is a guide for taking the mock exam:

Download the Mock Exam

  • Under My Exams on the left-hand menu of Examplify, select “Mock Final Exam– Open Notes”, and download the exam

Log In and Start Exam

4-digit exam ID number: This ID is unique to you, and can be found in Wavenet

Exam password: Open2019

For the real exam, the exam number will be found in your WaveNet account, and the password will be given by the proctor on the day of the exam.

  • Under Exam Details and Exam Settings, you will be able to see the default settings for the mock exam. Since it is open notes, the exam should be Non-Secure, Wifi On, and you should be able to Navigate between questions.
  • You will be directed to a start-up box. Click the agreement and the green Start button to begin.

At any time in the Exam, you are also free to navigate into a browser to check an answer, into notes from class, or consult any other resources on or off your computer that would be helpful!

Essay Question

  • For an essay question, type the response in the given answer section. Note the essay control options at the top of the exam, allowing adjustments of font size, style, page alignment, and more.
  • Within the text box, you may separate your answers by labeling each answer within the essay section, e.g. Question 2, Part A. Examplify automatically saves and backs up your responses every 30 seconds.
  • Also, note the icon that allows you to check character and word count.
  • Since navigation is open, at any point you may go back to a previous question or forward to the next, by either clicking on the question number bubbles on the left of the page, or by clicking on the previous/next tabs at the bottom right of the page.
  • Note also the Exam Controls at the top right of the page which allow you to hide exam from view, suspend exam to be completed later, and submit.
  • In the tool bar, you are able to adjust text size and set an alarm.

Submit Exam

  • Once you have reached the end of the exam and are happy with your responses, click Submit from the Exam control menu or after clicking Next from the last question.
  • Both options will lead you to the preliminary submit page. Click the box to signify you are done and press submit.
  • You will be led to the green Congratulations page, and then back to the Examplify dashboard, where your mock open exam will be listed under Completed.

For a step-by-step tutorial, please see the video below:

Uploading your Examplify Exam — life is good!

a quick and easy process…

Click Exam Controls then Submit Exam


If you are certain that you would like to submit your exam, check “I am ready to exit my exam”.
Then click “Submit Exam.”

WARNING: Once you click “Submit Exam,” you cannot re-enter your exam.

Click “Submit Exam”

Once your exam has been successfully uploaded, you will receive the green confirmation screen. You have now completed your exam. Please wait for further instructions from your Proctor.

Now that you are finished with the upload process, click “Close.”

If the upload process is taking some time or seems to be “timing out,” then you may want t relocate to a place where you are certain there is a strong, reliable internet connection and then restart your laptop computer, and Examplify will attempt to upload your exam again after it has found an valid Internet connection.

— Adapted with permission from Jimmy Bowers —