For the Spring 2018 semester, the deadline to prepare your laptop for final exams is Wednesday, April 18, at 4:00 p.m. To prepare to take exams using your laptop computer, it is essential that you read and follow all procedures below.
- Retrieve Your ExamSoft "Exam Taker" password and "Exam PIN" number HERE and save them. The Institution ID is smulaw.
- Important: You must know the difference between the Exam Taker Password and Exam PIN Number.
- Permissions Exams to Take Using Laptops
- Contact Examsoft for Examplify questions
- Contact our Law School Registrar's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions that are not Examplify related.
- Exam Soft FAQs
Examplify Video Demonstration (12 minutes)
Print the following handout and bring it to exams
Before You Install Examplify
- Your laptop must meet minimum requirements. Click here for the Minimum System Requirements.
- Your computer's time and date must be correct.
- Computers with Windows OS using Asian languages must visit CHANGING YOUR LANGUAGE SETTINGS IN Windows for additional information.
- Your laptop must be in good working condition (no hardware or software problems).
- You must have a working power adapter.
- You must disable your antivirus or antispyware programs prior to each exam and
- re-enable them afterward.
Obtain Examplify License
To pay the $25 license fee for Examplify, click HERE and login to your Exam Taker account with the Instituion ID, smulaw, your username (SMU ID number, without hyphen) and your ExamSoft Password. You will be prompted to pay the initial license fee.
Note: The license fee is good for the current academic school year. If you need to re-install Examplify during the academic school year, you are not required to re-pay the license fee.
1. Login to your Exam Taker account at www.examsoft.com/smulaw.
2. Click the "Download Examplify" button (PC or Mac is okay).
3. Install Examplify
a. Restart your computer if prompted
4. Register Examplify
a. Enter the Institution ID: smulaw
b. Enter your SMU ID and Exam Taker Password
c. Click the "Register" button (must have internet connection)
5. Download a Mock Exam and your Exam Files (one for each exam you are taking on laptop). DO NOT OMIT THIS ESSENTIAL STEP.
a. Exam Files, used to take laptop exams at our law school, do not contain your exams, but are blank screens that look similar to a blank document in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word (you type the question numbers and answers in one screen).
b. Students must have their Exam Files downloaded to their laptop by the deadline.
6. Students taking laptop exams must take one Mock Exam each semester and upload the Mock Exam File.
a. Open and launch Examplify
b. Click on the Exam you are going to take
c. Click the "Next" button
d. Type the four capital letters shown in the blanks provided and click "Start" button to take the secure exam
e. Type something in the answer screen. Familiarize yourself with Examplify features, such as symbols, word and character count and calculator
f. Click "Exam Controls" at top, left and click the "Submit" button
g. Follow instructions to exit and the Mock Exam will automatically upload
- Be Aware: There are always risks involved when taking a laptop exam, though negative outcomes are rare. If you experience any computer related problems, immediately notify the Laptop Exam Assistant in the room. If the problems are not resolved quickly, it is your responsibility to obtain a paper bluebook and handwrite your exam.
- Do not format your hard drive or send your laptop for repair before you receive your course grades. If your laptop needs repairs, contact someone in the Law School Registrar's Office and make an appointment to have a copy of your encrypted exam files retrieved before commencing repairs.
- Students must install Examplify and download their Exam Files and Mock Exam File to their own laptop without the help of another law student, as each Exam File is specifically configured with his/her Exam PIN number and must not be copied from another student’s laptop. Violating this policy and attempting to copy someone else’s Exam Files to their laptop after the deadline could not only result in lost exam answers but could subject the students to Honor Code violations and disciplinary action.