EXAMPLIFY INSTRUCTION GUIDE

The following guide is intended to walk you through the process of taking your Fall 2020 Examinations.  Please read these instructions carefully.

Unless you are otherwise notified by your professor, all final examinations will be administered remotely as “open book/open note/open Internet” exams this term. 

  • You will have the ability to “toggle” between your exam attachment, electronic notes, the Internet, and your essay responses in ExamSoft. 
  • Your exams will be timed.  You are responsible for starting the exam at the time you are scheduled to take the exam and uploading your exam on or before the time the e-mailed instructions indicate you must end the exam.  You are responsible for time-keeping if you begin the exam later than its scheduled time.  If you begin the exam late, the timer may suggest that you have time remaining, but the deadline for uploading your exam is the time indicated in the instructions.
  • You are responsible for following the instructions as well as the honor code, which are included with every exam. Your exam submission indicates your certification that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code, which applies with equal force to examinations submitted online.

For an instructional video that discusses downloading Examplify, taking a Mock Exam, Examplify features, and more, please view the video below.

Before taking your first exam, please do the following:

For further reference concerning requirements, installation and re-registration instructions and other features of Examsoft’s Examplify, please click here.

STARTING AND COMPLETING THE EXAM

On the day and time scheduled for your exam, an email will be sent to your class with exam-specific instructions, including the exam start and end time, password, and contact information should you require immediate assistance during your exam.

(Please note:  If you have been approved and scheduled to take the exam on another day or time, you will receive this information on the day/time your exam was originally scheduled.  Please save this information for the time your exam is scheduled. Your exam timer will begin the moment you enter the exam password. Do not enter your password until you are ready to take the exam.)

Once you have received the e-mail with your password information, please log-into Examplify and click on the exam you are taking in ExamSoft.

1. Under “My Exams” on the left-hand side of the screen, look for the name of the the exam you are taking and select it/click on it.

2. Enter the exam password that was e-mailed to you at the start of the exam.
(Note: this password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown).

3. Please read and acknowledge the “Exam Notice,which is the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law honor code for remote exams. (A copy is attached to this document for your thorough review.) Please read and scroll down to the bottom of the screen before clicking “Next” to accept the terms of the honor code.

4. The “Exam Controls” screen will appear, indicating that the exam includes an attachment and instructions where it can be found under the drop-down menu, “Exam Attachments.”

5. The screen, “Please wait until instructed to start” will appear.  Please disregard this statement to start your exam by clicking “Continue.”

6. Next, please check the box, “I am authorized to start my exam,” then click “Start Exam.”

7. Once you have entered the exam itself, you will have the ability to “toggle” between your computer notes, the Internet, the exam attachment, and your response.

As indicated above, you may access the exam attachment by clicking on “Exam Controls” on the top menu, then “Exam Attachments” on the drop-down menu.

8. A pop-up window of the exam will appear on your screen.To open and/or print the Exam attachment in your PDF reader, please click on the printer icon/Print.

9. The exam will appear in your PDF reader and allow you to Print from its application, typically using the printer icon at the top of the screen.

10. Please type your answer in the space provided. There is a  timer at the top of your screen. (Please note: It is your responsibility to start and end your exams on time.  Your exams must be uploaded by the exam end time and will not allow for a “late start/end time.”)

11. Once you are finished with the exam, click “Finish” at the bottom right hand corner.

  •  a. Before the time expires, you can upload your exam, as you typically do in
    Exam Controls as shown below.  
  • b. IF the timer expires, a screen will appear to inform you that your “Time Limit is Reached,” and the exam will be uploaded for youPlease keep track of your time to ensure your exam is uploaded at the scheduled end time.

c. If the time limit expired and your exam was uploaded for you, you will see the following screen, which will indicate the status of the upload:

  • If you have manually uploaded your exam, you will be asked to confirm the completion of your exam. If you are certain that you would like to submit your exam, check the box and click “Submit Exam.”

13. PLEASE make sure your exam is completely uploaded. Wait until you receive the green screen, “Your exam has successfully uploaded.”  Do not close your laptop until you see this screen.

(Please Note: If you do not receive an email confirmation of your exam submission, please open your laptop again to complete the upload process.)

Once you see this  green screen, you may click “Return to Dashboard.”

HONOR CODE STATEMENT FOR REMOTE EXAM TAKING

The following statement will be attached to every exam you will be taking this term. By clicking “NEXT” and entering the password for your exam, you agree to the following:

By checking the box below, you certify that you understand that the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code apply with equal force to examinations administered online.  [link to the full policy]

In particular, you are aware of the following non-exhaustive examples of prohibited conduct that specifically apply to exams:

1. to consult with any other person during an examination, unless expressly authorized by the instructor;

2. to edit overtime on an examination;

3. to obtain unauthorized information concerning an examination one is to take, without immediately informing the Dean;

4. to take an examination for another student;

5. to divulge the contents of an objective or essay examination (note: all exams being administered online this semester should be considered as designated as an examination ‘not to be removed from the virtual examination room’)

6. to intentionally and unnecessarily disturb others taking an examination;

7. to incorporate into work offered for credit any passages taken either word for word or in substance from any work of another without properly crediting the original author and work;

8. to submit as one’s own work the work of another;

9. to submit for credit work that has been previously offered for credit or submitted to a journal;

10. to submit for credit work prepared in collaboration with another without securing the instructor’s permission in advance of submission;

11. to improperly reveal to a professor one’s identity in connection with an examination which is to be graded on an anonymous basis;

12. to unlawfully possess, distribute, or use prescription drugs without proof of prescription, to enhance academic performance;

In addition, it is a violation of the Honor Code to willfully fail to fulfill the duty owed by every law student to report promptly to the Board Chairperson or the Dean all circumstances which he or she believes to constitute a violation of the Honor Code and to identify the person or persons involved.

An honor code investigation may include, but is not limited to, collecting electronic data from computers, phones, and other potentially relevant data sources.  Violations of the Honor Code are extremely serious, can cause sanctions including expulsion, and must be reported to the bar examiners as part of the moral character determination, thus potentially hampering your ability to ever practice law.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

ExamSoft Examplify

ExamSoft produces the Examplify examination software used by many law schools and state bar examiners. This software is a secure essay exam word processor. Pepperdine School of Law allows students to use this software to take their midterm and final law exams. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, Examplify is required.

For a list of relevant Examplify articles, please view the links presented in this article below.

Examplify can be downloaded (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. To properly use the ExamSoft Examplify program at Pepperdine University School of Law, it is highly recommended you review the notes and instructions listed in the Exam Information to Students.

IMPORTANT: RETURNING STUDENTS – If you have not used Examplify during the current term, you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year. To do this, simply follow the same steps for installing the program for the first time. Login to the Examsoft website listed above, and click on “download” to accept the new academic year’s user agreement and download Examplify. Follow the prompts for the installation and when prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement again within the program and then follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of Examplify.

Before attempting any exam, we highly recommend downloading and running a ‘Mock Exam’ within Examplify. This will help ensure that the software is functioning properly on your computer prior to exam day.

For tips on how to maximize your remote internet experience, please click here.

For an instructional video that discusses downloading Examplify, taking a Mock Exam, Examplify features, and more, please view the video below.

Relevant Exam Posts:

NOTE:  ExamSoft will not support Mac OS beta releases. For more information on ExamSoft’s Mac OS requirements, please visit the ExamSoft website.

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Zoom Training for Faculty 3/23 – 3/27

TechLearn is hosting several question and answer sessions for Zoom during the week of March 23 – 27.

View the schedule and access the Zoom Meeting IDs at Technology & Learning – Academic Continuity Plan for Teaching and Learning 

The sessions titled “TechLearn Q&A Session” are just that – a question and answer session with no agenda or demonstrations. Faculty can attend and get their questions answered about Zoom.


Interested in learning more about Advanced Breakout Rooms? Attend the TechLearn training scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 1-2 pm. See Technology & Learning – Academic Continuity Plan for Teaching and Learning  for the Zoom Meeting ID


Need to learn the basics of Zoom? Recordings of past Zoom trainings hosted by TechLearn can be found at Technology & Learning – Academic Continuity Plan for Teaching and Learning 

Two ways to record during a Zoom session

Please note that you can start recording your meeting/class after you start the session. If you want to setup recording as an automated feature you can do that as well, even after you have setup the meeting link.

Below is the information on how to start a recording DURING your class session. There are two options. One is for the professor/host and one is for the attendee/student.

Recording a Zoom session: Downloadable PDF

Host (professor) manages recordings

  1. As the faculty member hosting the meeting you have the option to record your Zoom session to the
    cloud or locally to your computer.
  2. We recommend you record to the cloud as it is easier to track and manage through Zoom’s web
    interface.
  3. There are two ways to access your recordings.
    • The first way is to use the link Zoom emails you after your session has ended.
    • The second way is to log back into your Zoom profile at http://pepperdine.zoom.us and click on Recordings menu on the left as shown in the image below.
    i. Then click on Cloud Recordings
    ii. Locate the session you want to share and click on the share button.

4. Select “Only authenticated users can view; Signed-in users in my account” and then “save”

5. You can choose if you would like to allow viewers to download the link by clicking the slider to blue for yes or gray for no.

6. Click on the Copy To Clipboard button will copy the information that is the grey box labeled “Recording Link Information”. You can then copy all of that information into an email for students.

Students manage their own recordings

  1. Student participants should request for their professor’s permission to record the session either via email prior to the Zoom sessions or privately to the professor in the Zoom Chat feature.

2. As the host you need to allow for each student individually to record the session. Participants have the option to save to their Zoom cloud account or on their computer. 

From the Chat tool move your mouse to the right of a student’s name and you will see the Mute and More button appear. Click on More.

3. Then click on the Allow Record button

4. You will now notice the red record dot appear at the top left of the screen. Please note that this will appear for everyone in the session.

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

Examplify: The Application’s Service is Unavailable Message

So you’re all ready to rock this final, you’ve studied, have a stupendous outline, now all you need to do is type this essay portion and you’re practically on summer break. You double-click on the Examplify icon to launch the program and watch the load screen run up to 50% and then BOOM… you get a warning that says “The Application’s Service is Unavailable, please retry or contact your administrator.”

With the seconds ticking down to exam time you can feel the panic start to set in as your heart begins to race and your stomach starts tying knots like an Eagle Scout.

But it’s going to be OK! All you need to do is follow the below steps and you will be back up and running in time to still own this final!

Step1:  Right click the Examplify icon on your device, from the menu options, choose Run as Administrator. That’s it, this should fix the problem for most users. However, if you receive the same error message, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Navigate to the Services Console

Click the Start button and type in “Services” in the search field for the local services application. Launch the application

 

Step 3: Restart the ExamplifyService

In the Services application, find the item named ExamplifyService

Step 4: Double click the ExamplifyService. This will open up a new window. Ensure that the Startup Type is set to Automatic.

Step 5: Click the Start button on the left. After this service starts, Examplify will open as normal.

Note: If the service is not listed, you will need to re-install Examplify and/or check your antivirus settings to remove it from the quarantine.

Now go conquer this final exam!

MAC USERS

If you find yourself in a similar situation with the same error message, or worse, your Examplify simply won’t launch at all and just bobs up and down without ever loading, then your solution is similar.

Step 1: Simply create a new user profile on your computer. Make sure the new user profile is set as an Admin (Administrator) – For instructions on how to create a new user profile, please visit Apple’s support page for setting up new user accounts.

Step 2: Log into the new profile and launch Examplify.

That’s it!

See examsoft.com/support for additional information.

Free and Discounted Software for Students: Microsoft, Adobe and Windows

Being a Pepperdine student has a variety of perks, ocean view, Olympic swimming pool, close access to the beach, and now either free or discounted access to software such as Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud and

Microsoft Office 365

As a Pepperdine student, you can sign up for free access to Microsoft Office 365 and earn access to Microsoft Office tools like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Simply go to the Microsoft online store and enter your Pepperdine email address, then follow the prompts to set up your free account and that’s it! Simply download the Desktop apps to your computer and you will be writing in style in no time.

Adobe Creative Cloud

With your Pepperdine student email, you can download Adobe Creative Cloud and earn access to software like Acrobat PDF, Photoshop, Indesign and more for $19.99/month instead of the standard payment of $52.99/month. To purchase the subscription, visit their website for more information.

For more information on student discounts provided to you, please click here to be redirected to Tech Central’s page. Thanks for being a Pepperdine Law student and we hope you enjoy your free and discounted software with an ocean view.

Getting Connected – Internet Access in The George Page Complex

In our digitally-connected world, it seems everything requires access to the internet now. Laptops, gaming devices, TV’s Bluray players, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, pencil sharpeners… Ok maybe not Everything, not yet anyway. 

But all that connecting does make you wonder, “How do I connect all my stuff in on-campus housing?” Well, we have a few tips for you to follow.

If you have a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or mobile device (smartphone) simply turn on your WiFi and choose the ‘pepperdine’ network from your list of available network options. Then open any browser and navigate to www.pepperdine.edu  and follow the “Faculty, Staff and Students” connection prompts to register your device on the network and connect.

You will need to know Wavenet ID and password so be sure to have this information readily available or memorized.

If you have friends visiting who wish to know how to access the internet, follow the instructions on Pepperdine’s Connection Page to help get them connected.

Well, that part was easy, but what about a TV or streaming device? If your device has a web browser you can connect the same way as a computer. However, if your device does not, then follow the below steps.

  1. Select the Pepperdine network from your system’s network settings.
  2. Use your computer to access wavesconnect.pepperdine.edu and accept the use policy.
  3. Choose the “Non-browser Devices” link and follow the instructions at that page.

If those don’t work, check out the University’s WiFi FAQ page for more tips.

TV and Internet streaming is available on your TV or streaming device via the University’s partnership with Philo Edu. For more information on how to connect to this service, check out the School of Law Housing Page.

Lastly, be sure to review all Rules of Wireless usage to make sure you are being a good wireless neighbor to your fellow WiFi users. TIP: Devices that put off their own WiFi networks like wireless printers and routers are prohibited on campus as it can jam the network signal for other students.

Happy streaming!

 

Login to Panopto with your WaveNet Credentials

If you’ve ever had to miss class before, then you may have asked the professor to have the session recorded via Panopto. You then received a viewing link to view the recording and all you had to do was click on the link and Presto! the recording appeared. Only one small issue with that… a little thing called “security”.

In an effort to ensure a more secure environment for all class recordings, the Panopto service has now moved to an online authentication that prompts you to log into the service with your Pepperdine WaveNet credentials.

This means that when you get a viewing link now, you may have to “login” before you can view the session. This is super easy as long as you have a current Pepperdine network ID. All you have to do is follow the 3 steps listed below to login and “Viola” you’re watching your riveting class recording in no time!

1. Select the drop-down menu for the “Sign-in using” box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Choose the “Pepperdine Network ID” option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Then choose “Sign In” and sign in through the Pepperdine Portal to be connected.

Helpful tips for your next exam – Quit Spotify Before Opening Examplify

We wanted to make all users aware of a few tips for taking exams with Examsoft Examplify.

1. Restart your Computer BEFORE Exams – Sometimes we fail to realize how long it has been since the last time we restarted our laptops. Restarting your laptop will help speed up the performance of your computer, as well as install critical updates. This will help your machine operate faster during finals, especially when working within a program like Examplify. Restarting will also close down installers and other programs that may be running in the background and slowing down your laptop’s performance. There is nothing quite as frustrating as having your machine take forever to load your exam or upload your answers once you have completed the test.

2. Be sure to Quit Spotify Before Taking an Exam – Students at other law schools have reported issues with Examsoft from having Spotify open on their laptop when they open Examplify. In order for Examplify to work, it needs to lock down your computer into the exam environment. However, Examplify sometimes struggles with closing down the Spotify program and this can cause your computer to bog down or freeze in the middle of an exam… so for the sake of your own sanity, please make sure you quit the Spotify program Before you open Examplify.

3. Spell Check – Spell check is a very handy tool for exams. It is built right into the Examplify system now so it should work automatically. This is similar to most word processors like Microsoft Word where misspelled words are underlined in red.

4. Turn off your Antivirus – I know, I know… you should never turn off your antivirus, except when it comes to Examplify. Antivirus has been known to cause a whole host of issues with Examplify, from black screens, to screen freezes, it’s all antivirus fault. Any antivirus can trigger this and it can even be intermittent, so even if it worked fine during a mock exam, it might not work in the real final. So just to be safe, disable it for the exam, but then re-enable it afterwards.

4.1 Turn off Automatic Updating – Regardless of whether you are a PC or a Mac, turn off the automatic updates feature. Some operating system (OS) updates could cause major conflicts with Examplify without prior warning. So it is best to not update your OS unless you are sure it will work with Examplify. You can check which OS versions are supported by Examplify at ExamSoft’s website. We recommend disabling automatic updating on your laptop as it could trigger an update or even an update warning window during your exam, which could cause Examplify to crash mid-exam.

5. Word Count – Word count is a helpful feature in Examplify and is absolutely necessary for certain exams. However, it can be tricky to use sometimes. The character count automatically displays above your answer text box. But don’t be fooled by this number though, this is NOT your word count.

You can view the word count from this line though. To see more information, you can click on the paper symbol next to the character count. This window provides the total number of words, characters, and characters without spaces for the essay response. If text is selected in the current question, Examplify provides the same information for the text that is selected. This tool will help you keep your essays within your instructor’s specified parameters for the exam.

6. Take a Mock Exam – There is an easy way to check if your exam environment is working, simply download and launch a mock exam! This will test out the exam environment on your computer and will let you know in advance if you are going to run into any technical troubles on exam day. If you have any issues during a mock exam, please contact support@law.pepperdine.edu.

7. Download Your Exam File Ahead of Time – Please download your exams before the exam day as occasionally there may be issues on the day of i.e. WiFi outage, ExamSoft service disruption, etc. Exams are usually available for download two days before the exam date. So you can avoid the panic of not being able to download your exam in time by simpling downloading in advance unless you enjoy intense anxiety, sweaty palms, and paranoia. Then again, if you are looking for a good adrenaline rush right before your exam, you can just wait to download until the last second.

For more helpful tips from Examsoft, please visit their Exam Taker Tips page.

SofTest is Now Examplify – Download the New Examplify Today

“I’m so excited it’s almost final exam season!” said no one ever… But even though finals might seem like a long ways away still, they will be here before you know it. And like your Crim Pro professor has probably already said, it’s never too early to start preparing for finals. Probably the easiest thing you can do to prep for final exams is to download the new exam software, Examplify, from ExamSoft©. Examplify is replacing our old SofTest program, which was also made by ExamSoft. 

Examplify has a number of new and helpful features, such as built-in spell check, SofTest used an outdated spellcheck wizard, and a new exam landing page and launch screen navigation. Now all you have to do is login and you can immediately see all of your available exams in the left-hand column, including exam-files available for download, ones you have already downloaded, and exams you have already taken and submitted.

Instead of having to go to a different screen to download your exams, then another screen to take an exam, and yet another location to review the status of your exam upload, now you can do it all right from your landing page.

For more information on how to navigate the new interface, check out ExamSoft’s helpful Quick Start guide for new Examplify users, or just log into examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw and download the program to see for yourself. It’s extremely easy to use! So what are you waiting for? Get ready for finals by downloading Examplify today!