Instructions: In-Class Exams

Preparing to Use ExamSoft

Indicate How You Will Take The Exam

You need to let ASA know if you are taking the exam on your own laptop, a school computer, or if you will hand-write your exam in pen and paper. Please fill out this form to indicate your exam taking method.


If You’re Using Your Own Laptop…

  1. Download the ExamSoft (Examplify) software from www.examsoft.com/nusl
  2. If you are using your own laptop (not a NUSL computer lab computer) it is helpful to run a test to make sure everything will work for you on the day of your exam. There is a mock exam available which will allow you to test the software on your laptop. Please do this a week before your first in-class exam.

Note: In-Class Exams are on the ExamSoft (Examplify) software that you must download but Take-Home Exams are not. Take-Home Exams are to be downloaded and uploaded directly from www.examsoft.com/nusl.


Review Your Login Credentials & Get Your 5-digit Exam Number

Bill Greene (b.greene@northeastern.edu) will email you your login info approximately two weeks before exams start. Using those login credentials, log into ExamSoft to access your anonymous 5-digit exam number. ExamSoft sometimes refers to your exam number as your “assessment number.” You can find this exam/assessment number by click on the My Account tab in the upper right corner of your screen.

In-Class Exam Instructions

Show up 15 minutes before your scheduled exam and prepare to have your computer (personal laptop or lab computer) at the “begin” screen 5 minutes before the exam is scheduled to begin. If you are late to your exam, you will not be given additional time or the opportunity to stay later. You will finish the exam on-time, like everyone else.


Bring:

  • Your exam number
  • Your login information
  • Your laptop, if you opted to use yours instead of writing or using a lab computer
  • Notes and materials, if permitted by the instructor

Do not:

  • Write your name, NUID, or any other identifying information in your exam, except your exam number

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my exam number? How do I find my exam number? 

Bill Greene (b.greene@northeastern.edu) will email you your login info approximately two weeks before exams start. Using those login credentials, log into ExamSoft to access your anonymous 5-digit exam number. ExamSoft sometimes refers to your exam number as your “assessment number.” You can find this exam/assessment number by click on the My Account tab in the upper right corner of your screen.

My exam number is not working! What happened?

Every term you are issued a new exam number. Make sure you are not trying to use an old exam number from a previous term. See above to learn how you can find out your new/current exam number.

Wait, what is an exam number?

An exam number (aka “assessment number”) is an anonymous, randomly generated number assigned to you. Since NUSL does blind grading, the exam number allows instructors to grade your exams without knowing your identity. This allows for fair, unbiased grading.

What happens if I cannot get ExamSoft to work on my laptop on the day of the exam?

This is avoidable if you download the ExamSoft (Examplify) software a week before your exam and test the system using the mock exam. However, if there is an issue with your laptop during the exam, rest assured that the Office of Computer Services will be on standby to assist. We will also have extra bluebooks ready if you need to write your exam at the last-minute.

When is my exam? 

The exam schedules will be posted here.

What if I need to reschedule my exam?

Students may petition to reschedule an exam if 1) they have two exams schedule on the same day, or 2) they have three exams scheduled on three consecutive days. Do not approach your instructor to ask for a reschedule, as it will automatically identify you and nullify our blind grading system. To request an exam reschedule, please submit this form to ASA.

Can I bring noise-canceling headphones or earplugs?

Yes, but you may not have any headphones that are plugged into any electronic device.