Instructions: Take-Home Exams

Preparing to Use ExamSoft

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.

Take-Home Exam Instructions

Important Note: Take-Home Exams are not in the ExamSoft (Examplify) software that you may have downloaded onto your laptop. The Examplify software is for In-Class Exams only. The ExamSoft website is where you will go to download and upload Take-Home Exams.

Steps to downloading an take-home exam:

  1. Go to www.examsoft.com/nusl  Do not use the ExamSoft (Examplify) software you may have installed on your computer for in-class exams.
  2. You are already registered in the system. Use your 9-digit NUID as your StudentID and the password that was emailed to you.
  3. Log in and click the “Courses” tab at the top of the page. You should see a list of courses that you have been enrolled in. Click the appropriate class.
  4. Get your Exam Number (see the Preparing to Use ExamSoft tab).
  5. Write your exam and/or paper in a word processing program.
  6. The website version of ExamSoft will not automatically populate your exam number. On the front page of your answers, you must include:
    • Your 5-digit exam number
    • Name of the course
    • Name of your instructor
    • Quarter & Year
  7. It is also extremely helpful if you number the pages in a footer.
  8. When you have completed your exam answer (or paper), return to the ExamSoft website to upload your exam.
  9. If you have questions, here is the link to the ExamSoft Help Page.

Personal/Medical Emergencies

If you experience a personal or medical emergency during the exam period which impacts your ability to sit for an in-class exam or to complete a take-home exam, you should contact Michelle Harper, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, at m.harper@northeastern.edu as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.  Please note that documentation may be required.  To preserve anonymity on exams, please do not contact your professor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my exam number? How do I find my exam number and login information? 

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. Also make sure that you are using the ExamSoft website, not the software for all take-home exams.

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.

When is my exam? 

The exam schedules will be posted here.

How can I request an extension for a take-home exam?

Extensions for upper-level courses can only be granted prior to exam week, and will only be granted in the case of emergencies or extenuating circumstances. You can access the extension form here. Do not attempt to get an extension in the course once exam week has begun and do not contact your instructor as the will compromise the anonymity. Extensions approved into the next quarter will result in the grade of Incomplete. The academic rules require that fall quarter courses must be completed by the third week of the following spring quarter.  You are advised to complete the course as soon as possible as experience has shown that students have difficulty completing course work once a co-op has begun. PLEASE NOTE: You must submit an extension form for Independent Study projects as well.