The following guide is intended to walk you through the process of taking your Fall 2021 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:
- Please confirm you have a PDF reader installed on your computer
(Download one at https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/pdf-reader.html)
- Please confirm your Internet connection maintains a strong signal for downloading and uploading your exams.
- Take a Mock Exam – This will prevent unnecessary stress during exams
- Download your Exams in Advance of your Exam Date
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 you. Please 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.