Electronic Exams

Extegrity Exam4 - Frequently Asked Questions


What is Exam4?

Exam4 software is provided by the Law School to students taking in-class electronic exams on their laptops.  The software is essentially a word processing program, like Microsoft Word, that has the ability to submit the exam answers electronically.

Will the software run on my computer?

 Exam4 has the following system requirements:

10MB of hard disk space ( a very small amount)

A functional wireless network connection and/or working USB port to submit exams.

Additionally, Exam4 requires one of following operating systems:
Windows 7
Windows 8 & 8.1
Windows 10
Apple OSX 10.9 "Mavericks"
Apple OSX 10.10 "Yosemite"
Apple OSX 10.1 "El Capitan"
MacOS 10.12 "Sierra" 
Please note that the following operating systems are currently NOT supported by Exam4
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Surface (including Surface Pro)
Virtual Operating Systems (VMs) - Parallels, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox, etc
Android Devices (Tablets or phones)
Apple iOS Devices (iPad, iPhone,etc) 
Additional information regarding Exam4 hardware and system requirements can be found at http://www.exam4.com/userguide#hardware

Where do I get the software?

The latest version of the exam software is provided to our students each semester.  The Office of Student Services will provide additional information on how to download the software as exam time nears. 

How do I install & test the software?

The software is available via download for a limited time each semester. 

For detailed instructions, please follow the Exam4 Installation Procedure.

How do I tell how many pages/words I have typed?

The Exam4 software does not automatically separate your document into pages the way most fully-featured word processing programs do, such as Microsoft Word. It can, however, give you an estimated page count of the entire document. To activate this feature:

  • Click on the Tools menu at the top of the program.
  • Select Show Document Statistics.

You will see a box to the right of the main text editor that shows the page and word count of your current document.

  • Est. Pages: This is an estimate of the pages typed for the entire document.
  • Words: This is an estimate of the words typed for the current answer. There is a numbered selector (1-6) for easily viewing the number of words for each section. You may also navigate to each answer section by clicking on the corresponding number.

How do I start a new answer section?

  • Place the cursor in the section of your document where you would like the new answer to begin.
  • Click on the Tools menu at the top of the program.
  • Select Insert Answer Separation.

What if the professor has a page/page numbering requirement?

In the Exam4 program, 1 page is approximately 500 words. You can use the Document Statistics feature (see above) to keep track of this. The Exam4 programdoes not automatically insert page breaks. 

If the professor has asked that your pages be numbered, this is automatically done when the exams are printed.

My screen size is too small. How do I change it?

  • First of all, you will have to Exit the Exam4 software if it is running.
  • From the desktop, right-click somewhere on your desktop (not on an icon).
  • From the context menu, select Properties.
  • Select the Settings tab on the far right.
  • In the Screen Resolution section on the bottom left, drag the slider to the left. Click OKwhen finished. 
  • Depending on the physical dimensions of your screen, you may want to experiment with several resolution settings.
  • Common resolutions that work well for the Exam4 software are 800x600 and 1024x768.

How do I change the line spacing?

The Exam4 software does not have a function to change the line spacing. All exams will be printed double-space, so if you type your exam with no additional spacing, it will be printed in double-space.

Is there spellchecking?

The Exam4 spellcheck feature has been disabled, in the interest of maintaining a level playing field between students taking electronic exams and those hand-writing their exams. If you feel you need to have a spellchecker for your exams due to extenuating circumstances, then you will need to check with Student Services to see if you are eligible to take an "accommodated exam."

Why doesn't the "Delete" key work?

There is a limitation of the software that disables the "Delete" key when typing; however if you select text with the mouse or by using the Shift key, you can then delete the selected text by pressing Delete or Backspace.

What does "File Size Warning" mean?

There is a limit to how large one exam can be. This limit is approximately 17 pages. If you are approaching the limit, you will see a color-coded progress bar on the right side of the text editor. This progress bar reflects how close you are to reaching the limit. For more information on this, click on the Help menu from within the Exam4 software.

Installation Instructions