Last updated: 12/03/21

Exam4 Software update - fall 2021

The Exam4 Software is now compatible with MacOS Monterey 12.0 and Windows 11, so you may update your computers to these operating systems. For more information about Exam4 compatability, please visit the Exam4 compatability website

The Exam4 software is now available for Fall 2021 final exams as of December 3. If you have a proctored final exam, you must download this new version of the Exam4 software, even if you downloaded it earlier this semester for midterms or the LRW test.

You must download an updated version of the Exam4 software every semesterIf you have midterms that use the Exam4 software, you will need to download it twice per semester: once for midterms and once for final exams. The Law School will notify students via email when the updated software is ready for download each semester for midterms and again for final exams.

Proctored exam procedures

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES DURING THE EXAM PERIOD

If a health, family, personal, or other type of emergency arises that prevents you from taking or completing an exam, you should follow the emergency procedures on the Exam Info page.

PROCEDURES FOR TECHNOLOGY ISSUES DURING Proctored exams

The following are resources for various technical problems that may arise during your proctored exam. And remember, taking a practice exam is the best way to troubleshoot before your exam starts!

Proctored exam timing

Proctored exams promptly begin on the scheduled date at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time), unless otherwise indicated. We suggest planning to arrive to your exam room at least 15 minutes before your exam begins.

Your instructor determines the exam duration, which is indicated on the Exam Schedule

Rules for proctored exams

Electronic Devices

You may bring one laptop computer running the Exam4 software into the exam room. All other electronic devices are prohibited and must be turned off and inaccessible throughout the exam, including headphones, cell phones, tablets, smart watches, as well as additional monitors and computers other than the testing computer. Your testing computer may only have a single monitor; multiple monitors are NOT allowed. Be sure to turn off any alarms on your phone, watch, computer, etc.

Earplugs

For noise abatement, you may bring your own non-electronic earplugs, if desired. 

Restroom breaks

You may leave the exam room to use the restroom or take a short break, but you may NOT remove any papers, books, or electronic devices from the exam room and you may NOT return with any. You may NOT discuss the exam with others during any breaks.

hardcopy materials

Your instructor decides how much access you'll have to hardcopy materials during the exam. The Exam Schedule will indicate whether hardcopy materials are allowed by using the following terms*: 

*Note that these terms are different from the Exam4 Modes, which determine how much access you'll have to electronic materials during the exam. 

Exam Materials & leaving the exam room

After finishing your exam, but before leaving the exam room, you must: 

  1. Submit your exam electronically via Exam4, or turn in your bluebook if you handwrote your exam.
  2. Return all exam materials, including the exam itself and any scratch paper, to the proctor. 
  3. Sign the exam roster.

exam4 software

general information

The Exam4 software is a word processor, like Microsoft Word, that you will use to take your proctored exams. You MUST use the Exam4 software if you want to take an exam on your laptop, as well as for any exams that use the Multiple-Choice feature, as indicated on the Exam Schedule

The exam itself will be distributed in hardcopy form in the exam room, and you will use the Exam4 software to write your answer on your laptop and submit it electronically via Exam4 at the end of the allotted time. 

downloading the exam4 software

You must download an updated version of the Exam4 software every semester. If you have midterms that use the Exam4 software, you will need to download it twice per semester: once for midterms and once for final exams. The Law School will notify students via email when the updated software is ready for download each semester for midterms and again for final exams.

Before downloading the new software each semester, we recommend uninstalling the outdated software to ensure you are always using the latest version. 

To download the most current Exam4 software:

  1. Go to the Exam4 webpage: http://www.exam4.com/ 
  2. Select "Law Schools" from the left menu.
  3. Select "University of Wisconsin Law School" from the list.
  4. Fill out the required registration information, select your operating system, and click "Continue."
  5. Click the blue "Download Exam4 for..." button.
  6. Install Exam4 as you would any other application on your computer.

exam4 Compatability & loaner laptops

The Exam4 software is compatible with most Windows and Mac operating systems. For the most current list of supported operating systems, please visit Exam4's Supported Operating Systems website.

If your personal laptop is incompatible, you can check out a laptop on campus. You can check current laptop availabilty here

If you use a loaner laptop and your exam is an open mode or open mode + network exam, make sure that you've downloaded any materials that you want to access during your exam onto the loaner laptop. 

Before you return your loaner laptop, you MUST save your Exam4 exam files somewhere that you can access them again if necessary (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, flash drive, external hard drive, emailing them to yourself, etc.). Loaner laptops are wiped clean after you return them, so having your exam files saved somewhere else that you can access them is required in case there is an issue with your exam submission and you need to resubmit your exam. Exam4's website explains how you can find your Exam4 exam files on your computer. You will NOT be able to open your exam submission files, as they are encrypted. Exam submissions can only be opened by Law School exam administrators. 

Before you return your loaner laptop, you can also confirm with the Law School Help Desk that your exam submissions were sucessful. 

Exam4 Features

Exam4 Modes

Your instructor decides the "Exam4 Mode," which determines how much access you'll have to electronic materials during the exam:

exam4 multiple-choice exams

For some exams, you MUST use the Exam4 software, specifically the Exam4 Multiple-Choice feature. These exams are indicated accordingly on the Exam Schedule

For exams that use the Multiple-Choice feature, you should answer all objective questions (e.g., multiple-choice or true/false questions) that you encounter on the exam in the Multiple-Choice window within Exam4. Do NOT use the Essay window to answer objective questions on an exam that uses the Multiple-Choice feature.

To use the Exam4 Multiple-Choice feature, click on the "Multiple Choice" tab on the Exam4 menu bar, as pictured below: 

This will open the Multiple-Choice window, which is pictured below: 

In the vertical columns on the left, the “Q” column is the question number and the “A” column is your answer response. You can use your computer's up & down arrow keys or you can click on the “Next” arrow (located to the right of the "Q" & "A" columns) to navigate between questions.

To select an answer to a question, click the radio button that corresponds to the answer of your choice. The "A" and "B" radio buttons also serve as "True" and "False," respectively. When you move away from an answer, that answer is locked so that you do not accidentally change your answer.

To change your answer once you have moved away from it, return to that numbered answer space and click on the text labeled “Clear” to the right of the answer radio buttons and select your updated answer.

To close the Multiple-Choice window, click on the “Hide” button in the bottom right corner of the Multiple-Choice window. Your answers will be saved when you hide the Multiple-Choice window. 

You can go back and forth between the Essay and Multiple-Choice windows; however, to end the exam, the Multiple-Choice window must be closed/hidden. 

When you go through the exam submission process, you will NOT see your multiple-choice responses on the screen, though you will be able to view any essay answers briefly during the submission process. Even though you won't see them during the submission process, rest assured that your multiple-choice responses will submit along with any essay answers. The Law School will notify you right away if there is an issue with your multiple-choice responses, which is rare.

Exam4 submissions

At the end of your allotted time, you will submit your exam electronically via Exam4. During most exams, Exam4 cuts off your internet access, so the exam submission can take a few minutes while your computer reconnects to WiFi. 

After you submit your exam, you will NOT be able to edit and re-submit it, even if there is time remaining. In other words, you can submit and exit the exam one time only. It is very difficult to accidentally submit your exam, as you need to take multiple steps to submit it. We strongly encourage you to take a practice exam to familiarize yourself with the exam submission process.  

You will NOT be able to open your exam submission files on your computer, as they are encrypted. Exam submissions can only be opened by Law School exam administrators. You can review a copy of your exam answer as outlined on the Exam Info page. 

The Law School will notify you right away if there is an issue with your proctored exam submission, which is rare. 

exam4 "how-to" videos

The following are external YouTube links to various how-to videos that Extegrity, the creator of Exam4, produced on using Exam4:

We strongly encourage you to watch these videos before taking a practice or actual exam.

handwritten exam option

If your final exam does NOT include any objective questions (e.g., multiple-choice or true/false questions), you may opt to handwrite your exam using bluebooks provided by the Law School, instead of using the Exam4 software. However, if your final exam includes objective questions, you will be required to use the Exam4 software, so that you can submit your answers using the Exam4 Multiple-Choice feature.

The Exam Schedule will indicate whether you'll be required to use the Exam4 Multiple-Choice feature. Again, you will NOT be able to handwrite your exam if you are required to use the Exam4 Multiple-Choice feature for a particular exam. 

We do not recommend handwriting your exam, as handwritten exams can be more difficult for instructors to grade. Additionally, handwriting your exam may put you at a disadvantage if it's an Exam4 "open-mode" exam. This is because your classmates using the Exam4 software will be able to access electronic materials on their computers, but you will not be able to do so, because only computers running the Exam4 software may be used during the exam.

Proctored exam instructions

Before exam day:

  1. Watch the Exam4 "How-To" Videos to prepare for your proctored exams.
  2. Uninstall any previous versions of the Exam4 software installed on your computer. 
  3. Download the updated version of the Exam4 software, which you must do every semester after the Law School notifies students that the Exam4 software is ready for the current exam period. If you have midterms that use the Exam4 software, you will need to download it twice per semester: once for midterms and once for final exams. 
  4. Take as many practice exams as necessary to get comfortable with the software. (You'll need to follow the "On exam day" instructions below for more information about starting, taking, and submitting an exam using the Exam4 software, including a practice exam.)

On exam day: 

  1. Arrive to your exam room at least 15 minutes before your exam begins. Proctored exams begin at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time), unless otherwise indicated.
  2. Check-in with the proctor. Grab two pieces of scratch paper and the Exam4 instructions. Do NOT write on the Exam4 instructions, so we can reuse them.
  3. Put away any unauthorized hardcopy materials and electronic devices. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off any alarms on your phone, watch, computer, etc.
  4. Open the Exam4 software. 
  5. Check the box next to "Check network connection" to confirm your WiFi connection is stable.
  6. Click "Prepare to start new exam" and then "Next." 
  7. On the "Exam ID; Course or exam title" screen: 
    1. Enter your exam number in the "Exam ID" spaces. You will enter it twice for confirmation.
      1. Law, LLM-LI, Visiting Law & Law Exchange students: we suggest copying & pasting your exam number directly from the My Student Info page to ensure you've entered your exam number correctly. It is very important that you enter your exam number correctly, as this is how the Law School will identify your exam! 
      2. You should leave the "Protected info" blank.
    2. Select the appropriate course from the drop-down "Course" menu. You will select it twice for confirmation. 
    3. Review your selections on this page carefully and correct any errors. If everything looks correct, click "Next."
    4. A pop-up window will appear. Click the check box to "re-confirm" and click "OK."
  8. On the "Exam time; Font size and contrast" screen, you should select your preferred settings and click "Next."
  9. Review the "Notice of instructions" screen, check the "Got it?" box, and click "Next."
  10. Review the "Exam Mode" screen, check the box, and click "Next."  
    1. Most exams will have the appropriate Exam4 mode built into the exam already. If you need to type in the Exam4 mode, follow proctor's instructions. 
  11. WAIT! Verify that you've entered your exam number correctly and that you've selected the correct course. If you've made an error, click the "Back" button and make any corrections. The proctor will notify you when you can click "Begin Exam."
  12. The proctor will give you a copy of the exam. Keep the exam face down until you are instructed to turn it over. When instructed to turn it over, write your exam number on the cover page in the designated space
  13.  Type your essay responses in the Essay window. Answer any multiple-choice and/or true/false questions in the Multiple-Choice window
  14. To submit your exam:
    1. Close the Multiple-Choice window if open.
    2. Click "End Exam" in the top left of the Exam4 menu bar, then "End Exam Now."
    3. A pop-up window will appear. Click the check box to "confirm" and click "OK."
    4. Another pop-up window will appear, and you should click "Submit Electronically."
      1. If sucessful, you will see a green box on your screen that says "Exam Submittal Successful."
      2. If unsucessful, follow the Procedures for Technology Issues above.
    5. Click the check box next to "I understand" in the green box and click "OK."
  15. To exit Exam4:
    1. Click "Exit Exam4" and then "Exit Exam4 Now."
    2. A pop-up window will appear. Click the check box next to "I'm sure" and click "Exit Exam4."
  16. Remain seated and keep your voices down after the exam is over. 
  17. Follow the proctor's instructions for turning in your exam materials and signing the exam roster.
  18. Leave the exam room. Please do not linger or talk in the hallways after the exam, as other exams will be ongoing. Even discussions in the Atrium can carry into exam rooms, so please do your best to socialize outside of the Law building after the exam to avoid disturbing exam-takers. 

practice proctored exam

We strongly encourage taking practice exams to ensure that the Exam4 software runs as expected on your computer and to get comfortable using the interface. Do NOT wait until the day of your first exam to take a practice exam, as you'll want to have plenty of time to troubleshoot any issues.

Two practice proctored exams will be available: one in open mode and one in closed mode. You should take practice exams in whichever Exam4 modes your actual exams use. You may take as many practice exams as you wish to get comfortable with the software. 

While you are taking a practice exam, you should try out all of the Exam 4 features, especially the Multiple-Choice feature. If it's an open-mode exam, you should attempt to access the electronic materials that you plan to use during your exam. You may also wish to force-quit out of the application and restart the exam, so that you are comfortable doing so if necessary during your exam. It is your responsibility to be familiar with using the Exam4 software and all its features before you take your first exam

To take a practice proctored exam, follow the instructions above. When you get to Step 5 of the "On exam day" instructions, select either "Practice Proctored Exam OPEN" or "Practice Proctored Exam CLOSED," as appropriate, for the course. There is no practice exam question, just a blank page where you can practice typing an essay exam answer and explore the Multiple-Choice feature.

You will NOT be able to retrieve the content of your practice exam, so do not use it to write anything that you’d like to access at a later date.

Exam numbers

Law Students

For Law, LLM-LI's, Visiting Law & Law Exchange students, log into "My Student Info" with your NetID and password to retreive your exam number.

Non-Law Students

For non-Law students from another department taking a Law school course, use your 10 digit student ID# as your exam number.

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