How Exams Work
Colorado Law exams are computer-based and proctored. Exam questions are posed to students in the form of a paper booklet. Students input their answers into Exam4, our computer-based bluebook application, that securely saves and transmits exam submissions to the Law School Registrar. Students are assigned a unique, anonymous six-digit exam ID for each exam they are scheduled to take. Students must input the appropriate six-digit exam ID into Exam4 and write the exam ID on their paper exam booklet.
Students will receive detailed instructions via email from the Registrar prior to each exam season.
NOTE: For Spring 2021, students will take all Exam4 exams remotely. As a result, exam questions will appear within the Exam4 program itself once a student has put in their credentials to start their exam. Students should take care to enter essay and multiple-choice answers in the correct answer area within the software. This is explained elsewhere on this page.
Colorado Law uses Extegrity's Exam4 software. Exam4 is a simple, lightweight, and secure exam tool that is compatible with Windows and macOS. It is the electronic equivalent of a paper bluebook for essay and short answer responses and a bubble sheet for multiple choice and true/false responses. Your professor may select from one of following exam modes:
- CLOSED: Only the Exam4 application is available. Exam4 locks out access to other applications and the internet on your computer when this mode is enabled.
- OPEN: You may access other applications and files on your computer. Access to the internet is disabled.
- OPEN + Network: You may access any application, local files, and the internet from your computer.
- TAKEHOME: What you use for a take-home exam. You may access your hard drive, other applications and the internet. You will be able to cut and paste external text into your exam. You may go into and out of this exam as many times as you want while you are working your exam. Once you have exited an exam in the CLOSED, OPEN or OPEN +NETWORK mode, you will not be able to get back into it. You may exit an exam in TAKEHOME mode, it will be saved, and you can start it again later.
Students must download a new Exam4 software package for each exam season. The current Exam4 software for Spring 2021 Final Exams is available here: https://www.exam4.com/org/599. Students are encouraged to download the latest Exam4 software package in advance of their exams so they can take a practice exam to familiarize themselves with Exam4's functionality and features. Regardless of the exam mode for your exam, make sure you know what materials your professor is allowing you to use during the exam and whether or not you are allowed to copy/paste.
Anonymous Exam IDs
Students are assigned an anonymous, unique Exam ID for each exam which facilitates anonymous exam grading. Prior to each exam, students must obtain their anonymous six-digit exam ID from Colorado Law's exam ID tool at https://www.colorado.edu/law/examid. To obtain each unique Exam ID, students must know their Identikey and password.
Get your document IDs from https://www.colorado.edu/law/examid.The document ID is needed to securely fetch your exam questions within the exam software.
Practice Document ID
The Exam Document ID for the practice exam is D0000000. Click on the Practice Exam tab on this website for more information about the practice exam.
Taking an Exam
When the exam is scheduled to begin, the proctor will distribute green exam booklets containing the exam questions. Students will receive instructions guiding them through the process of starting the exam. Once the exam is underway, students will input exam answers into Exam4 which records and saves the typed information every minute. When students complete an exam, they submit their answers within the Exam4 tool. When the student acknowledges completion of the exam, Exam4 will unlock the computer and seek an internet connection to upload the completed exam to the Law School's Exam4 Receiver. The Registrar’s Office then processes the exam and distributes it to your professor.
Note: For Spring 2021 exams, students will take all Exam4 exams remotely. Thusly, the exams will not be proctored. Students are on their honor to follow the Honor Code.
Exam4, which is a product of the company Extegrity, is not a Colorado Law product. While the Registrar’s Office and Law School IT staff will help troubleshoot and assist students during their exams, it is the student’s responsibility to follow the instructions on the Exam4 website for the correct operation of Exam4. This includes system requirements, computer maintenance, and adherence to any other instructions given by Exam4. Prior to any exam, students should review the instructions on the Exam4 website.
Extegrity Support Contact information
Law school exam administration is executed by the Law Registrar.
The current Exam4 software package is Spring 2021 Final Exams and is available for download here: https://www.exam4.com/org/599.
- Complete the registration information and download the Windows or macOS version as appropriate.
- To install Exam4, double-click the install file you downloaded and follow the on screen prompts.
macOS users: If you have a previous exam season install of Exam4, select "Replace" when prompted.
Note: Tablets and iPads are not allowed for exams. Only laptops are permitted.
Students are encouraged to take a practice exam to familiarize themselves with Exam4's functionality and features.
Exam4 Best Practices
- Turn off auto updates.
- Close all running programs & applications (Word, Safari, Chrome, etc.)
- Exam4 does not require students to disable antivirus.
- Administrator rights are required.
- Reboot your computer before each exam.
Step 1: Register, download, and install the current Exam4 package at https://www.exam4.com/org/599.
Step 2: Launch Exam4.
Step 3: Prepare to start a new exam >> Next
Step 4: Input a made-up Exam ID twice and select "Spring 2021 Practice Exam" from the course dropdown list (twice) and select Next.
Make sure you play around with the software and complete the survey once you are finished.
Step 5: Check confirmation box and select OK.
Step 6: Set timer and viewer preferences and select Next. Exam4 does not automatically close when exam time is exceeded. We recommend experimenting with the timer so you are comfortable with its operation.
Step 7: Review instructions, check "Got it" box, and select Next.
Step 8: Type in the name of the Exam Mode you would like to test in the input box, confirm selection, and press Next.
FOR SPRING 2021: The exam mode will be automatically programmed in Exam4 for your exams. Students will not have to choose an exam mode. The exam mode is "take home" mode. For the "practice exam" put in the word "TAKEHOME" in the box so you can see what a real exam will look like this term.
Step 9: Begin Exam
Step 10: Choose the exam document from the drop-down.
For SPRING 2021: Once in the exam, students will need to click on the "Exam Document" button once in the exam. When you do that, enter the code given to you by the Law Registrar and click "Fetch" to get the exam questions. The Exam Document ID for the "Spring 2021 Practice Exam" is D0000000.
The next step is to click "side-by-side view" so that you can see both the exam questions and exam answer entry area at the same time. You can use the scrollbar on the bottom right to make the text smaller or larger.
Play around with the Exam4 functions so that you understand how to use them.
The essay section of the exam is essentially a blank sheet of paper. You will need to annotate for your professor which responses go with which questions. You can insert answer separators that allow you to check word count. Spell check is available from the tools menu, but does not check automatically as you type. The multiple choice menu will pull up the multiple choice/true false response sheet.
MAKE SURE YOU ENTER YOUR MULTIPLE CHOICE ANSWERS IN THE MULTIPLE CHOICE AREA OF EXAM4. Answers are saved as you enter them and you can then click the "hide" button to go back to the essay portion of Exam4.
Step 11: Notice on the right you have the ability to keep track of word count within each answer. There is also a timer. It is possible to set timers for one hour remaining, 15 minutes remaining, and five minutes remaining. When there is less than one minute remaining, the area above the timer will say "less than one minute remaining." Keep in mind that there is not a pop up reminder when there is less than one minute remaining. Lastly, make sure that you keep your timer visible.
If you are still working on your exam when you set a timer and the time runs out, you will receive a message that looks like this (below). You should immediately close your exam.
Step 12: To close your exam, select End Exam and then choose End Exam Now.
Step 13: The software will ask you to confirm your choice to end the exam. Click to confirm and then on Okay, end exam.
Step 14: Choose the Submit Electronically button and click okay.
A box will pop up that says "Exam Submittal Successful. Please note you will NOT receive an upload notification email from Exam4.
Step 15: To exit the software, select exit from the File and Save Options tab. In the pop-up screen, check "I'm sure" and then Exit Exam Software. At this point you have successfully taken and submitted your exam. You're done!
If you have any questions about the exam process, contact the Registrar at email@example.com.
- Verify that you have downloaded and installed the Exam4 software package for the current exam season.
- Turn off auto updates on your computer.
- Close all other programs (Word, Safari, Chrome, etc.)
- Reboot your computer before each exam (very important).
- Have your unique six-digit exam ID ready for this exam. Lookup the exam ID at https://www.colorado.edu/law/examid. Remember, each exam has its own unique exam ID and document ID.
- Have your laptop's power adapter handy.
A healthy computer is less likely to experience problems during an exam. Be sure your computer is free of malware and operating normally. Instructions for running TrendMicro's free HouseCall malware scanner are available for macOS and Windows. Contact Law School Information Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your computer's fitness for exams.
Before Exams Begin
Prior to taking an exam, exam takers should make sure they have the Exam4 software package for the current exam season. This can be checked by opening Exam4 and verifying the version dates.
Exam takers should ensure their laptop is ready to go and fully charged. Have your power adapter for your laptop handy.
Arrival For Exams
Exam takers should arrive by 8:00am for morning exams and 1:00pm for afternoon exams to check in with the exam proctors. Plan ahead for weather and traffic issues.
Exam takers who arrive after the exam begins are docked the amount of time by which they are late. The difference is deducted from the total time allotted for the exam.
Note: For Spring 2021, all Exam4 exams will occur remotely and there will be no proctors to "check in" students for their exams. Students are free to take exams at home or at another location of their choosing.
General Exam Information
- Download the Exam4 software package ahead of time.
- Pre-pandemic, cell phones were not allowed to be turned on or used for any reason during exams. This is generally still true during the Spring 2021 term and technical help can be obtained through IT and a zoom room will be active during regular business hours (see the "Getting Help" tab). However, if you experience an emergency such as a power outage or another reason you may not be able to access the IT zoom room, your cell phone may be used to call the Registrar's Office at 303-492-1865.
- Do not use a cell phone as a timer or calculator.
- Computer-based timers which count time and provide countdown alerts are acceptable. These will not work with CLOSED mode exams. Students are responsible for testing to make sure the timer works with the exam mode of their exam(s).
- Fitness trackers or Fitbits are not allowed.
- If you need to use the restroom during an exam, quietly leave the room leaving all of your belongings. The time on your exam will continue to count down. When you return to the room, be as quiet as possible.
- Make sure you know what materials your professor is allowing you to use during the exam and whether or not you are allowed to copy/paste.
- Do not discuss the exam afterwards with other students as they might be taking it at a later date. If you have questions or concerns about the exam, contact the Registrar's Office in the Dean's Suite, not your professor. Do not email your professor about anything related to exams until after the exam and grading period is complete. This preserves anonymity for grading purposes.
- NOTE: The use of dual screens is temporarily allowed for law school exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is advisable that students who wish to use more than one computer screen do a practice test to ensure it will work with your setup.
Exam takers are allowed to handwrite exams. Those who plan to handwrite should email email@example.com in advance of the exam.
Those who choose to handwrite are required to bring their own blue books from the bookstore. The exam taker must ensure they have enough blue books for the exam and write their exam ID on all blue books used.
Take Home Exams
Any law school course which has a take home exam must be announced by the first day of class according to law school rules. An email from the Registrar’s Office is sent out to all exam takers in the class with the exam at 8:00am on exam day from firstname.lastname@example.org. Exam takers do not need to come to campus to take the exam, but there is a room designated in the law school for exam takers to work on their take home exam. This room may be shared by more than one course at a time. All exam rules and policies apply when using the take home exam room. Alternatively, exam takers can take the exam at home, in the library, or another location of their choosing. Exams must be completed and uploaded by 5:00pm. Physical copies of the exam booklet are available in the Dean’s Suite on the morning of the exam. They must be returned when the exam is complete and exam takers are expected to write their exam ID on the exam booklet. Students must work on their take home exam in the Exam4 software. It causes errors if students draft their exam in Word or some other program and then copy/paste their exam into Exam4. Students are expected to write and edit their take home exam only in Exam4. NOTE: For the Spring 2021 term, all "take home" exams will occur remotely as they did in Fall/Spring 2020. Exam content can be found in Exam4.
Some exams will be assigned more than one exam room. The first room listed on the exam schedule is where exam takers can pick up the exam booklet, but they are free to set up in either room to take the exam. There will be proctors in both rooms.
The Registrar’s Office coordinates all rescheduled exams and communicates with students about the date and time accordingly. Exam takers with approved rescheduled exams can go directly to the assigned reschedule room and the proctor will have their exam. Exam rescheduling is governed by law school rules. Inquiries can be directed to the Registrar’s Office at email@example.com.
Students With Accommodations
Exam takers who are registered with Disability Services work directly with the Registrar’s Office. Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: All Spring 2021 Exam4 exams will occur remotely. See the "Getting Help" tab for how to acess help during remote exams. Help is available during regular business hours. Most IT issues can be avoided by taking the practice exam.
It is extremely important for students to download the Exam4 software prior to each exam season and take a practice exam. This helps to identify potential laptop malfunctions ahead of time. Exam takers who experience issues during an exam should go to the Dean’s Suite with all of their possessions in hand in case they do not return to the room. DO NOT turn off or restart your computer until it has been evaluated by the law school staff. The law school has a limited number of emergency laptops available on a first come, first serve basis.
Sometimes Exam4 causes your computer to change back to the factory default background picture setting after you exit the program. Therefore, you may need to change your background picture back to what it was prior to using the software (if applicable).
- Turn off and put away cell phones. Bring earplugs or sound muffling earmuffs. Headphones are acceptable as long as they are not connected to music or any sound.
- Bring writing utensils.
- A wristwatch or little clock is okay as long as it does not make noise. No smart watches or Fitbits. Drinks and quiet foods are okay.
- Do not bring items, materials, or resources not allowed by the professor. Remember the Honor Code.
- Make sure to bring a power cord.
- Tablets and iPads are not allowed to take exams. Only laptops are permitted.
NOTE: All Spring 2021 Exam4 exams will occur remotely and are not proctored. Students should review the Spring 2021 exam schedule for exam dates and times. Exam questions will appear in the Exam4 software once proper credentials have been inputted. This is when the timer for your exam begins (if the exam is timed).
When all exam takers are in their respective rooms and have signed in and picked up an exam booklet, they will be instructed by a proctor to:
- Write their six-digit exam ID on their exam booklet.
- Verify their Exam4 software package version is correct for the exam season.
- Input the unique six-digit exam ID they have been assigned for this exam.
- Select the course exam from the list.
Students should not break the seal on their exam or start the exam until they are directed to do so. Once everyone has read through the instructions and has arrived at the Exam4 exam ID input screen (below), the proctor will read the exam rules then instruct students to enter the exam password into the "protected info (optional)" box.
The proctor will ask everyone to proceed to the next screen and confirm their settings.
Next, students will be asked to set their timer (if desired) and view preferences. The proctor will instruct students on the duration of the exam.
Next, the proctor will ask students to acknowledge the honor code and instructions.
The proctor will walk students through verifying the Exam Mode settings.
STUDENTS MUST NOT BEGIN THE EXAM UNTIL DIRECTED TO DO SO via the "Begin Exam" button. The exam time begins once they go past this point, and it is at this point where the proctor will them to tear open the seal on the paper copy of the exam. Again, students must not tear open the seal on the paper copy until their poctor has given them the go-ahead to go past the "WAIT!" Begin Exam screen (below) and the time has started on the exam.
If the exam is “CLOSED,” exam takers will not have access to applications/files/Internet. If the exam is "OPEN +Network" access to the internet and computer files is enabled. It is very important to read any messages about what access is allowed or not allowed.
Exam4 saves information every two minutes of the exam. Exam4 tracks time spent on the exam, but will not automatically close the exam when your time runs out. It is the student's responsibility to self-monitor their time and close the exam on time. To finish and close an exam, click on on the upper-left hand corner “End Exam” button and "End Exam Now." The exam will close and the student will be prompted to submit their exam. Exam4 will then upload the exam to the Colorado Law Exam4 Receiver. Students will see a confirmation screen the exam has been uploaded. Once this occurs, they can click the close exam button. Please note that Exam4 does not send out upload notification emails.
Students should drop the paper copy of the exam booklet (and any scratch paper or notes related to the exam) into the collection box in the room provided by the proctor. Exam takers should make sure their exam ID is on their exam booklet along with any notes taken during the exam. They should then leave the room and exam area quietly, to go outside or down on the first floor of the law school. Students must not discuss the exam with anyone else, as other students might be taking it at a later date.
Any questions or concerns about the exam should be directed to the Registrar’s Office and not the professor to preserve anonymity for grading purposes.
CLOSED: You have access only to the exam you are typing. You may not access your hard drive, applications, or the internet. Once you end your exam, you may not go back and re-edit it.Your computer will run through a 1-2 minute Security Check prior to beginning. We expect that you will use this time to read the exam question. If your computer fails the security check, you can try re-booting and re-starting the software. If this doesn’t work, you must go to a library lab computer.
OPEN: You may access your hard drive and other applications, but do not have access to the internet. Exam4 prohibits cutting and pasting from any external document into the exam screen. Most exams will be in this OPEN mode. Once you end your exam, you may not go back and re-edit it.
OPEN + NETWORK: You have access to your hard drive, applications, and the internet. Exam4 prohibits cutting and pasting from any external document into the exam screen. Once you end your exam, you may not go back and re-edit it.
TAKEHOME: What you use for a take-home exam. You may access your hard drive, other applications and the internet. You will be able to cut and paste external text into your exam. You may go into and out of this exam as many times as you want during the 8-hours that you are working your exam. Once you have exited an exam in the CLOSED, OPEN or OPEN +NETWORK mode, you will not be able to get back into it. You may exit an exam in TAKEHOME mode, it will be saved, and you can start it again later.
Last Day Of Class For Spring 2021: Friday, April 23rd
Exams should be taken and submitted using Mountain Time (MT). If you are no longer in Colorado and in a different time zone, please plan accordingly. Make sure you review the exam schedule. Exam4 exams for the Spring 2021 term will not be proctored. Do not contact your professor about the exam for any reason. All exams for Spring 2021 will be taken remotely. If you write anything on scratch paper during your exam, make sure to shred it once your exam has been submitted.
Students must upload their exam answers by exam deadline listed on the schedule using Mountain Time.
The Exam Document ID for the "Spring 2021 Practice Exam" is D0000000.
Total time spent on exams is only reported to faculty in instances where students went over the allowed exam time (which may vary with accommodations).
Reminders For Exams:
- NOTE: The use of dual screens is temporarily allowed for law school exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is advisable that students who wish to use more than one computer screen do a practice test to ensure it will work with your setup.
- If you need to use the restroom during a timed exam, please do so. The time on your exam will continue to count down.
- Make sure you know what materials your professor will allow and whether or not you are allowed to copy/paste. Follow all directions given to you (if any) about what to do with the exam questions after completing your exam(s).
- Do not discuss the exam afterwards with other students as they might be taking it at a later date. If you have questions or concerns about the exam, contact the Registrar's Office, not your professor.
- Do not email your professor about anything related to exams until after the exam and grading period is complete. This preserves anonymity for grading purposes.
- Students are held to the Honor Code at the law school and the CU Student Code of Conduct. It is recommended that all exam takers review it prior to exams.
- Final course grades are due from faculty in late May. Grades are posted as they are received. Grading will utilize normal A-F grading.
Worried about your computer or how to use Exam4? Book a remote exam technology support session at https://cu.law/book-ExamSupport. Your Colorado Law IT Team is available to assess your computer or to answer any Exam4 technology questions.
Loaner Exam Laptops are available. If you have any doubts or concerns about your computer’s OS version, performance, or reliability for exams, you may request a loaner laptop from Law IT at email@example.com. Exam laptops may be picked up now or at any time before finals and returned at the beginning of the spring semester.
How To Handle Loss Of Internet Access During An Exam: If a student loses internet access during an exam (Spring 2021 info specific), they will be able to continue working on it. From Exam4's point of view, the only issue is that they cannot fetch the exam questions again. So long as you do not close the questions, you will be okay since all exams are in take home mode this term. While the internet is down, the exam file will remain saved on your computer with all the secure time stamps, etc., so the student can upload it later.
If you need immediate assistance during exams (or the week before), we will be hosting drop-in sessions via Zoom at https://cu.law/IT following the schedule below. Just Zoom in (or dial in at +1-669-900-6833 with Meeting ID 230 241 429) and we will help guide you through any issues on a first-come, first-served basis.
Week One Of Exams: Students can access the zoom room https://cu.law/IT from 7:30am until 5pm on exam days (Monday, April 26th, Tuesday, April 27th, Thursday, April 29th, and Friday, April 30th).
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