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Examplify is an exam delivery software licensed by ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. The program serves as a simplified word processor that enables students to take an examination on a laptop computer. Examplify can be installed on Windows computers and Mac computers. Check your system compliance and register on NSU Law School's ExamSoft login page

 

BE PREPARED! Make sure you review all of the following sections to help you to know what to expect when taking an exam in Examplify for Windows or Mac. 

Check Your Device Compliance

Chromebooks, iPads, iPad Pros, Surface Pro devices running Windows S, virtual systems, and Linux operating systems are NOT compliant and NOT permitted to take exams. No exceptions. An additional, external monitor (i.e., dual monitor) connected to a laptop or desktop is NOT permitted -- including docking station setups. Check your system compliance and register on NSU Law School's ExamSoft login page.

NSU administers exams in accordance with the ABA Accreditation standards and imposes the same restrictions and technology requirements detailed on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners Official FAQ Page and further outlined on ExamSoft's Bar Applicants page.

 

The following exam conditions and/or equipment are NOT permitted:

  • Chromebooks,
  • iPad Pros,
  • Surface Pros (older Surfaces that only run Windows in "S" mode),
  • Android systems,
  • Linux operating systems,
  • Docking stations,
  • Additional, external monitor (i.e., dual monitors),
  • Virtual Camera or Virtual Camera Software (learn more),
  • This software cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion, or any other virtual environments.
  • Examplify does not support touchscreen input devices on Mac or Windows laptops.

Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update your Examplify software and take the mock exam.

  • Open Examplify
  • Login with your NSU SharkLink login information
  • On the Dashboard, select the Mock Exam and click on "Download Exam”.
  • In the Exam Password textbox, enter the case-sensitive exam password: Test123
  • Type a few words on the screen for your Mock exam, click through multiple-choice answers and familiarize yourself with the software.
  • When you are finished, click on the drop-down arrow that says "Exam Controls" and choose "Submit exam".
  • You should see a large green screen that says 'Upload Complete'. This means that your exam has been successfully uploaded.
  • Click on Return to Dashboard.

Students cannot communicate directly with a professor through any means. Extra time will NOT be provided for preventable technical issues at the beginning of an exam, such as forgetting to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Thus, be sure to take the Mock exam before the exam period with the latest Examplify software version to address common problems. We strongly encourage you to complete your take-home exams during normal business hours, as NSU Law's staff and NSU's Technical Support Help Desk may not be available after hours (see NSU IT Support Desk Hours).

Special Note About Exam Backup

Examplify saves your work automatically every few minutes. Examplify maintains several encrypted copies of your exam on your hard drive. If your computer crashes during an exam, you can restart it and Examplify will automatically select the most current version of your exam from your hard drive.

What do I do if my laptop becomes unresponsive during an exam?

First:

If your computer freezes during an exam, you should be able to reboot and resume your exam. Just force shut down your laptop and then turn it back on. Upon reboot, open the Examplify software and your exam should automatically resume.

Then:

In the event that any problem persists after rebooting while taking an exam, on-site students may contact the room proctor, NSU's IT Help Desk, the Office of Student Services, or the Dean of Students. Remote and on-site students can contact technical support by:

NSU Shark IT Student Support:

ExamSoft's Examplify Technical Support:

  • Within the softwareIf already installed, open the Examplify software and click Help from the top-right Home menu on the Dashboard.
  • Support WebsiteExamplify’s support site with live chat and other support resources. 
  • Phone: 866-429-8889
  • Email: support@examsoft.com

 

Problem not solved or concerned about the outcome?

You may email lawexams@nova.edu if you have any additional concerns about the resolution of any issues. Improperly contacting a professor regarding an exam may result in disciplinary action. This policy also applies to the 1L memo and briefs for Legal Research and Writing, and any other class where the professor has indicated that the assignment will be graded anonymously. 

This Guide is pending edits to be taken down and incorporated into this site.

NSU Law Troubleshooting Guide for Examplify Software

Prepare to Take an Exam

Minimum System Requirements for Mac OS X

Mac OS Ventura IS compatible with Examplify. All ExamSoft exams will be administered remotely with ExamID and ExamMonitor enabled. Current version, as of October 6, 2022, is 2.9.2 for Mac/Apple and 2.9.6 for PC/Windows. Below are minimum system requirements to take the exams remotely. For ExamSoft/Examplify most up-to-date information, please click the linked header above. Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update and take the mock exam. If you are NOT on AT LEAST version 2.9.2 by exam day, you will be prompted to update before you can take the exam, which may cause a delay in starting your exam on time.

Chromebooks and iPad Pros do not meet the minimum requirements to take exams.

 

Last updated: October 21, 2022

  • Examplify version 2.9.2 has been tested and approved for macOS Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey. Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel or M1 processor. Devices using Apple’s M1 processor and Apple Rosetta 2 are supported.
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • Screen resolution should be at least 1280 x 768. Scaling should be set to 100%.
  • For on-site support, and in order to back up the answer files to a USB drive, a working USB port is required (Newer devices may require an adaptor).
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords, including device passwords, may be required.
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • This software cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.
  • Internet connection for Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Administrator level account permissions (Instructions)
  • Examplify cannot be run within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, Virtual Disks, Streamed images, etc.

 

For instructions on how to check your computer's specifications, click Here!

 

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled

  • Examplify version 2.8.5 or greater
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras)
  • Microphone (no headphones, no virtual mics)
  • Internet: **For Exam File Upload** 2.5Mpbs upload speed

While using ExamID or ExamMonitor, you may not use any additional peripherals connected to your device if a camera is already built-in to your computer. You may not use docking stations, secondary monitors, connected external displays/screens, dual screens in any way shape or form.

 

Minimum System Requirements for Windows

All ExamSoft exams will be administered remotely with ExamID and ExamMonitor enabled. Current version, as of August 1, 2022, is 2.9.6 for both Mac/Apple and PC/Windows. Below are minimum system requirements to take the exams remotely. For ExamSoft/Examplify most up-to-date information, please click the linked header above. Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update and take the mock exam. If you are NOT on AT LEAST version 2.9.6 by exam day, you will be prompted to update before you can take the exam, which may cause a delay in starting your exam on time.

Chromebooks and Surface Pros do not meet the minimum requirements to take exams.

Last updated: October 21, 2022

  • Operating System: 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows 10. Pending updates with new processors and Windows 11
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
    • If you are using a Microsoft Surface device, please read this article for important instructions on Windows 10 “S mode” versus the standard Windows 10. S mode is not compatible with Examplify.
  • Only genuine versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.
  • The versions of Windows 10 certified for use are 2004, 20H2, and 21H1.
  • The English (United States) Language Pack must be installed
  • ExamSoft does not support Tablet devices other than Surface Pro as detailed in previous tab
  • CPU Processor: 2.0 ghz Intel i5 processor or equivalent, Non-ARM processor supported by your operating system
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher of available space.
  • For technical troubleshooting, account passwords, including BitLocker keys, may be required.
  • Internet connection for Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Examplify cannot be run within virtualized environments or environments that require persistent network (local or otherwise) connections during secure exams. This includes, but is not limited to, VMWare, Parallels, Citrix workspace, Virtual Disks, Streamed images, etc.
  • Screen Resolution should be at least 1280 x 768. Scaling should be set to 100%.
  • Administrator level account permissions (Instructions)

 

For instructions on how to check your computer's specifications, click Here!

 

The following requirements apply for exams with ExamID or ExamMonitor enabled

  • Examplify version 2.9.6 or greater
  • Hard Drive: 4GB or higher available space
  • RAM: 8GB or higher recommended; 4GB required
  • Webcam: Integrated camera or external USB camera supported by your operating system.
    • Virtual cameras and Microsoft Lifecam Series cameras are not supported.
  • Microphone: Can be integrated with webcam. No headphones, no virtual mics
  • Internet: 2.5Mpbs upload speed

While using ExamID or ExamMonitor, you may not use any additional peripherals connected to your device if a camera is already built-in to your computer. You may not use docking stations, secondary monitors, connected external displays/screens, dual screens in any way shape, or form.

All ExamSoft exams will be administered remotely with ExamID and ExamMonitor enabled. This guide will help you install and register Examplify on the Windows or Mac device you plan to use to take your exams. Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update and take the mock exam. If you are NOT on AT LEAST version 2.9.2 by exam day, you will be prompted to update before you can take the exam, which may cause a delay in starting your exam on time.

Chromebooks, Surface Pros, and iPad Pros do not meet the minimum requirements to take exams.

  1. Log in to examsoft.com/nsulaw
  2. In the top left corner, click login.
  3. You should be redirected to NSU's Single Sign-On page that looks similar to your email login page. Use your NSU credentials, complete with the @mynsu.nova.edu  ending. 
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  4. After you review the minimum system requirements and confirm your device meets ALL of the requirements, click "download"
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  5. Run the installer file. Once the installation is finished, you will be able to launch the application from your desktop or app tray.
  6. Launch the application. *You must be connected to the internet to register Examplify and download exams, if applicable.
  7. Enter your institution ID or institution Name, which is nsulaw. Make sure it is nsulaw and NOT any other variation.
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  8. The login process should force your default browser to open a popup window that will look similar to your NSU email login page. Use your full NSU email with the  @mynsu.nova.edu ending. 
  9. The verification may or may not automatically switch you back to Examplify. If it does not, then go ahead and close your browser window and navigate back to Examplify. This will take you to the Examplify home screen.

When exams are posted and available, you may download them on the left-hand side of the home screen from the dashboard. Review the following article for further information about preparing for exam day, including the installation process: https://help.examsoft.com/s/article/Examplify-Take-an-Exam  

To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update and take the mock exam. To ensure the best results, temporarily disable your anti-virus software before starting the exam. See: Disable Anti-Virus Software

Device Checks

Examplify performs certain checks when you start Examplify and when you attempt to download an exam. If you see messages about Minimum System Requirements, review the on-screen information. Depending on the issues, you might be able to Continue with the exam, or you might see only the Return to Dashboard option.

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Even if the Continue button appears, we recommend that you update your device according to the on-screen information. If you see only the Return to Dashboard option, you cannot use this device without updating it to meet the requirements. For more information, see: Examplify: Update Your Device to Meet Minimum System Requirements.

Exam Details

After the exam downloads, look through the Exam Settings and Exam Details. Note the time limit, the available features, and any security restrictions.

 

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Download the exam file.

  1. If you do not see the exam that you are scheduled to take, select Refresh Exam List (a) near the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. On the left side of the screen, select the exam that you want to download (b).
  3. In the main area of the screen, select Download Exam (c).

How to Download

Once the exam or exams have been downloaded to your machine, the next step will be to select the exam you will be taking. To ensure the best results, temporarily disable your anti-virus software before starting the exam. See: Disable Anti-Virus Software.

Taking an Exam using Examplify

What does the software, Examplify, look like during an exam?

Entering the Password and Beginning

Click on Start Exam.

After the exam prompts and instruction pages you will see a screen that says "Please type the answer to Question 1 below." This area can be hidden by clicking on the down arrow next to 'Question 1'. If questions are attached as a PDF (for take-out exams only), click on EXAM CONTROLS to view the questions. You can print or save the PDF by clicking on 'Print'.

Essay-only exams: When typing your answers for an essay only exam, there will be only one screen to type in. Type all of your answers under "Question 1" for an essay only exam.

Multiple Choice exams: If the exam is multiple choice you will advance through a numbered sequence on the screen and choose answers by clicking on choices of up to five answers. You have the ability to answer questions in order or skip around to a specific question.

Multiply Choice and Essay exams: If the exam is both, follow the instructions above for Multiple Choice, and the essay will be the last question in the sequence.

  1. Open Examplify and click on the correct exam you need to complete.
  2. Review the details and settings enabled by your professor.
  3. Enter the exam password. For midterms, the password will be posted in your respective Canvas course at the start of the 48-hour exam window. For finals, the password will be given to you by the proctor or a Student Services representative in the exam room. (Note, this password is case-sensitive, and will need to be entered exactly as shown). Click Start Exam.
  4. If the exam is secure, and any software is open, you will be asked to close out of those programs before starting the exam. We recommend saving any work, then manually closing out.
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  5. AFTER logging in with the Exam Password, read the uniform exam instructions and all pre-entry prompts. Stop at the stop sign. Please be aware that all activity will be logged after you pass the stop sign.
    • In an on-site exam, follow the instructions from the on-site proctor.
    • In a remote exam, follow any instructions that you received from your instructor or exam administration team about when to begin the exam.
  6. Once you are ready to begin your exam, or if on-site have been instructed, click the green Start Exam button. Or, click Cancel to return to the list of exams if you've chosen the incorrect exam. 

Exam Controls and Software Options

Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update and take the mock exam. To ensure the best results, temporarily disable your anti-virus software before starting the exam. See: Disable Anti-Virus Software

 

  1. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see the numbers that correspond to each question, as well as a small radial circle next to each number.
  2. Above this list, you will see the Exam Controls option. Within this menu, you will see two possible options; Hide Exam and Submit Exam. Hide exam will hide the entire exam, but leave the Examplify application running. The Submit Exam option will prompt the exam taker to confirm this action.
  3. Along the top row, you will have the ability to display exam level attachments, pre-assessment notices, set an alarm, exam time remaining, utilize the zoom feature for question text, as well as a highlighting tool. The Expand option will allow you to view any attachments for that question or, if enabled, clicking the Calculator icon will display the calculator, and the Notepad icon will display the option for Notes and Feedback.
  4. You will see a Time Remaining alarm with a time countdown and a 5 Minute Warning alarm with a time countdown.
  5. Along the bottom row, you will see the Exam Taker Support phone number, as well as the Examplify version number. You will also see the current question number displayed out of the total number of questions on the exam. The Next button will take you to the next question.

 

Post-Exam Actions

Once you’ve completed all the questions, you can now exit the exam. To submit your exam:

  1. If you reach the final question and the Next button changes to the Submit button: Select the Submit button. 
  2. If you decide to submit the exam before you complete the final question: Near the top right corner of the screen, select Exam Controls, and then select Submit Exam.

After you submit your exam:

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions. You'll be prompted to confirm the exam upload.
  2. Progress messages will appear. Wait for the green confirmation screen, which confirms that your exam has been uploaded successfully.

If you experience any issues with your upload or if you have any other concerns about the software, please email lawexams@nova.edu. Do NOT email your professor. If our on-site technicians nor ExamSoft/Examplify cannot resolve the issue regarding the technical problem, immediately report it to Student Services via email addressed to lawexams@nova.edu. We will work with them to discover the problem and determine the accommodation needed to ensure you can complete the exam.

 

After your grade has been posted for a course, you may reach out to the course instructor directly (or follow any alternative instructions you received from your instructor) to review your exam answers and receive feedback. You may NOT contact your instructor about the exam during or after the exam until your final grade is posted.  

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