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.

Examplify can be downloaded (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft Examplify program at Pepperdine University School of Law, you MUST agree to the terms of this ExamSoft Student Agreement

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.

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Essay Question Features:

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.

Accepting the Annual ExamSoft User Agreement (Re-register Examplify)

If you have not used your Exampify software since last year, you will need to re-register your user agreement.

Before you can download your final exams, you will need to log into http://examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw with the Examsoft final exam username and password that was emailed you to by Hong Kha.

Once you have logged in, simply click on the Download button on the left-side menu, this will prompt a pop-up window with the new annual user agreement. Please scroll to the bottom of this window (while reading very carefully, of course) and then click Accept to agree to the user agreement.
Once you have accepted the user agreement, you can then log into Examplify and download your final exams.  At the top of the Examplify window, you will see your new registration expiration date for the following year.
If you need further help, please email support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Registering / Re-registering Examplify

Is your software not working? Here are some steps you can try to get your Examplify to work. 

  1. Go to: https://ei.examsoft.com/GKWeb/login/pepperdinelaw
  2. Log in with your student ID and password that was emailed to you by Hong Kha. 
  3. In step 2 of the next screen, click on the Download button and register with Examplify.

4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the “I Accept” button.
5. Now open up Examplify and log in using the same username and password. 

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!

How to trim the ends of your Zoom recording

If a Zoom recording is hosted in the cloud, the start and end times can be modified.

First, go to your Recordings tab in your zoom account. Click on your video to open up the preferences for that recording.

Next, click on the play arrow in your video to open up the video and editing preferences.

This will open up your video. Click on the scissors icon on the bottom left of your screen, which opens “playback range”

Finally, drag the arrows at either the beginning or end of your video to trim.

For a step-by-step tutorial of this process, check out East Tennessee State University’s “trim recording video” below:

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

Zoom Polling – meeting votes, anonymous responses

You can use the built-in Polling feature in Zoom to do both ad-hoc and pre-planned polls/surveys which can also function as a voting system.

Zoom’s Polling feature (link to help article on Zoom’s site)

Creating a poll before your class

(Lifted from Pepperdine IT’s site on Facilitating a Meeting with Zoom)

  1. Sign in to your Zoom account.
  2. To begin a poll, you need to either: a) create a new meeting, OR b) go to an existing meeting under the “Meetings” tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the meeting invitation, click “Add” to begin creating the poll.

Begin Poll Creation

4. Title the poll, enter question type (single or multiple choice), and click “Save.”

Poll Question

 Launching a poll

1. Click “Polling” in the bottom toolbar.

Launch Poll

2. Click “Launch Poll.”

Poll Question

3. Participants in the meeting will be prompted to answer the polling questions. Once an answer has been submitted, the host will be able to see the live results.

Polling Questions in Progress

4. When finished with the poll, click “End Poll.”

5. (Optional) To share polling results with meeting participants, Click “Share Results.”

Poll Results

6. Click “Stop Sharing” to stop sharing poll results with meeting participants.

Stop Sharing Poll Results

Creating a poll during your class/meeting

You can also create a poll by clicking Polling during the meeting.

This will open up your default web browser where you can add additional polls or questions. Click “add a question” and then navigate to the page that will appear in your browser, where you can create a question to be used in your meeting.

After your have created your question, follow the same instructions for launching and sharing a pre-planned poll:

First, to get back into the meeting currently running, click Join Now to be directed back to your class.

Next, click the polling icon in the bottom toolbar, which should bring up the newly-created question. Click Launch Poll.

When students finish answering, click End Poll.

Finally, you will have the option to Share Results from the poll, or Re-launch the question.

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

Installing & Updating Examplify for Spring 2020

As Spring 2020 finals approach, it is important for students to have the latest version of ExamSoft’s Examplify installed.

Currently, your installed Examplify should be v.2.0.6 or greater. For PC users, the necessary qualifying operating systems are versions of Windows 10. For Mac users, the qualifying systems are OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14 (Mojave), and macOS Catalina (10.15)

Examplify in association with Pepperdine Carruso Law can be downloaded from the Internet (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft Examplify program at Pepperdine University School of Law, you MUST agree to the terms of this ExamSoft Student Agreement

If you’ve used Examplify previously, please verify that you have the latest version. Keep in mind that you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year.

In addition to installing Examplify, please be sure you have your password and exam number, which were emailed to your Pepperdine University email account. These credentials are essential to your use of Examplify when taking your exams.

For more information on Examplify and re-registration, please visit this page.

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

Disabling the Waiting Room feature in Zoom

The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting. However, if the Waiting Room option is enabled, re-admitting student who lose connection or enter the session late may be a hassle, and join before host will not work for that meeting.

Please follow these instructions to disable the Waiting Room feature for your sessions:

1. Sign in to your account at pepperdine.zoom.us

2. Click Settings on the lefthand side, and then select the Meeting tab.

3. Navigate to the Waiting Room option under the Meetings tab and verify that it is not selected. To deselect, click the blue button until it shifts positions and turns grey to show that you have deselected the setting.

More for Faculty Zoom users

For more information and/or assistance, please contact support@law.pepperdine.edu or call Pepperdine University IT support at 310-506-HELP (4357).

Where to find Zoom recordings

After setting up your meeting, you may choose to record your class for saving or distribution purposes after the session is completed. For a guide on how to record in zoom, check out: Two Ways to Record in Zoom (PDF)

Furthermore, see Pepperdine’s Zoom Guide for more information on Zoom meetings.

  • Recordings on the Cloud are saved in your Zoom account.
  • Recordings on your computer are saved in your Documents folder in the Zoom subfolder.
  • Recording folders are named for the date and time of recording, the meeting number, and the meeting name. 

To view a recording in the Cloud

  1. Go to the zoom web portal and click on the “Recordings” tab in your left tool bar.
  2. Your recordings will be listed under the Cloud Recordings tab.

If your meeting has just finished, the recording may still be processing, and you will need to wait for the “processing recording” signal to disappear before viewing and sharing.

  • By clicking on the title of your class, you will receive three recording options to download/share: Audio and video, just audio, or a transcript.
  • By clicking on the “share” icon on the right of the page, you can copy the link to your clipboard, meaning you can paste the link directly into an email or other distributive platform.

You will receive a dialogue box that will allow you to change sharing settings:

To view a recording on your computer

  1. Navigate to your computer’s Documents folder and open the Zoom folder
  2. find the meeting you would like to view; the meeting title will be “double-click-to-convert-01”
  3. Double click the file and zoom will convert the file.
  4. When conversion is done, the double_click_to_convert_0X file will be replaced by three files:
    • audio_only – an M4A file
    • playback – an M3U file with video and audio
    • zoom_0 – an MP4 file with video and audio
  5. Play the files in a media player. 
  6. If you want to share the recording, you’ll have to save the file and share it manually. 

For more about accessing your local recordings and changing the recording location, see Local Recording in the Zoom Help Center.

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

Setup a Virtual Backdrop for Zoom

So the backdrop for your Zoom meetings isn’t that amazing? Maybe you can spice it up?

Please note though, it does take more than a little computer power to do this as it’s a real time graphics effect that makes this work.

First check out this support article at Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Short cheat sheet version:

  • First go into your Zoom website profile — go to peppedine.zoom.us and click on “Settings.”
  • After clicking “Settings” go to “In Meeting (Advanced)” and make sure that the dot next to “Virtual Background” is slid to the on or “blue” position. If it’s gray, it’s not on.
  • Make sure you have the Zoom application installed on your computer (not using the web app).
  • Open the application
  • Login using SSO and Pepperdine as your domain
  • And you are presented with the Zoom app’s desktop version
  • Select the icon in the upper right of your Zoom screen that represents you (for me it’s my face)
  • Then select the “Settings” choice in the drop down menu
  • Then select Virtual Background
  • Then select your background from the group.

Uploading Your Own Virtual Background

In this example, we will be using a background developed for Pepperdine Carruso Law School’s 50th anniversary — you may use this background for your own personal use!

To save the Pepperdine Carruso Law School background, click and drag the image below to your desktop. This will save in your desktop files for personal use and for following along in this tutorial.

1. From the window you were left at on the previous guide, click on the “+” button on the top right corner.

2. A pop-up window with your file options will now appear, and you may browse and select the proper image. After selecting the image, click “Open” to have it download onto the Zoom software.

3. You will now see your downloaded image displayed as an option for choosing a virtual background. Select the image, and you may now see the background in the video preview above. If you would like to remove this image from your options, click the “x” on the top right of the corresponding image.

Please note that this new virtual background will only be functional on the computer where you made this setting.

More for Faculty Zoom users

More for Student Zoom users

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

Microphone Settings — trouble-shooting

If you are having trouble with your microphone when using Zoom please check your microphone input settings to ensure there is input level.

Both Windows and Mac settings are addressed below:

On MS Windows it would look something like this:

In the bottom right corner of your screen, you will notice the volume icon in the system tray.


Right-Click on the volume icon and click Open Sound Settings.


In the Sounds Settings window, look for Input and Choose your input device and then click the blue Device properties link (circled in red) in the screenshot below..


This will pull up the Microphone Properties window. Click the Levels Tab and you will then be able to adjust your microphone volume settings. 


The volume level does not have to be at 100%, but should be high enough that the computer can detect audio. 

Please make sure that your microphone is not muted. If you see the icon below, click the speaker icon to un-mute. 


Once you determine the best settings for you and your system, click OK to save the settings and then close all settings windows upon completion of adjusting your microphone volume settings.

For MacOS:


You will need to open your System Preferences menu, and in the second row to the right will be Sound. Click on that.


In the Sound menu, click on the Input tab to see the list of microphones available to use. This is where you want to select the mic you’ll be using. If you’re using a laptop, it will have a built-in Internal Microphone that is usually selected by default.


If you have headphones with a mic attached and they are plugged in, you’ll see them listed as an External Microphone. Either of these will work, and you can test them by talking and seeing that the bars in the Input level fill up.


If none of this solves your microphone solution, please send a note to support@law.pepperdine.edu or call Pepperdine University IT support at 310-506-HELP (4357).