Exam4 Tutorial

This is a basic tutorial for downloading and installing the Exam4 software which is used by law students who choose to take their final exams on their laptop.

A Few Good Things To Do Before An Exam:

  1. Verify that you have a functioning AC power adapter. You can also disable your screen saver and hibernation if these are used.
  2. Ensure that your Windows Updates, Apple Software Updates, and antivirus software are current.
  3. If you are on campus, verify you are connected to the eduroam wireless network.
  4. Disable any third-party firewall software.

Downloading the Software

The first thing you need to do is download the software at https://www.exam4.com/org/675. On the registration form, enter the required information and click the “Submit & Proceed to Download” button. On the download page, click on the download button and then save and/or run the installation file. Exam4 should install within a few seconds.

Take Home Exams

Click here for information on using the Exam4 software for take home exams.

Running a Practice Test

1. Open the Exam4 software and you will see the screen shown below. Click the “OK” button to proceed.


2. The next screen you should see is shown below. Click the “Next >” button at the bottom.


3. On the screen below, you need to enter your Exam ID number issued to you by the Registrar’s office. You also need to click the drop down menus and choose the course for which you are taking the exam. You are required to select it twice to verify that you choose the correct one.


4. On this screen you need to enter the number of hours and minutes allowed by the professor for the exam, any optional time frame alerts that notify you when the corresponding amount of time remains on the exam, your preferred font size, and the number of answer separators you would like automatically entered. Entering answer separators will allow you get word counts on each answer rather than a total word count. Click the “Next >” button.


5. Take note of the instructions on this screen and click the “Got it?” checkbox and then click the “Next >” button. You can ignore the “Enter violation number” box for now.


6. On this screen type “CLOSED” in the box labeled “Type selected Exam Mode here” and click the checkbox to confirm this exam mode. Click the “Next >” button.


7. On this screen, verify that all of your settings are correct and click the “Begin Exam” button when the professor allows the class to start. Many students arrive to the exam room early and get their laptops to this point and leave it until exam officially begins. After clicking the “Begin Exam” button, the software will go full screen and a security check will be started. This shuts off network access and verifies that nothing is running in the background that could allow access outside of Exam4. If this security check runs longer than 5 minutes or fails, notify the IT support personnel in room 317.


8. After the security check passes you will be brought to the screen to type in your exam. There are basic options including bold/italic/underline and left/center/right justify. To get word counts, click the “Format” menu and choose “Show Document Statistics” which shows the number of lines, words and characters in the answers separated by answer separators.

9. When you are done typing your exam, click “End Exam” and then click “End exam now” in the menu bar. Check the box labeled “Confirm” and then select “OK, end exam.” In the dialogue box that shows up, select “Submit Electronically” which will save the exam file on the Law Center server. You will receive a confirmation box indicating your exam has been saved. An encrypted copy is also kept on your hard drive. Click “File and Save Options” and then “Exit.” Select the “I’m sure” box and then click “Exit Exam4.”

If you have any questions or problems with using Exam4, please contact the LSU Law IT Department at lawits@lsu.edu or come see us in Room 317.