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Detailed Exam Information for Spring 2020

Exam4 Software/Website – How to access Exam Questions and Practice Exam

All exams must be take-home examinations this year, as we are unable to gather in person under state law.  We will continue to use Exam4 software for exams this cycle.  Instead of receiving an exam on paper, you will receive them by visiting the LSU Law Exam4 download page at https://www.exam4.com/org/675.  Check the upper-right corner of the page where it says “Takehome exams are available.” This is where all take-home exam questions will be posted during the actual exam period. You will not be able to access the questions for your take-home exams from within the Exam4 software; you must download them from the Exam4 website at the link provided. 

If you have printer capabilities, you can download and print the exam.

What you need to do NOW is to make absolutely sure you have Exam4 set up properly.  You received this email from Chris Williams in our IT Department already notifying you of how to do this.  Read and follow the instructions in that message carefully.  Remember that to obtain the take-home practice test exam questions, you must go to https://www.exam4.com/org/675 and check the upper-right corner of the page where it says “Takehome exams are available.” This is where all take-home exam questions will be posted during the actual exam period. You will not be able to access the questions for your take-home exams from within the Exam4 software; you must download them from the Exam4 website at the link provided. 

Timing and Scheduling of Exams

This spring, the exam period will run from 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.  (Note that the LAST moment to submit any exam answer will be 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 10, regardless of when that exam was begun.)

The time begins running when you DOWNLOAD each examination from Exam4 (rather than when you open the software to type your response). Do not download an exam until you are ready to begin it. To maximize your time and avoid error, you should download the exam and open the software in close proximity.

During this period, you will self-schedule your exams.  In the interest of your own success, we encourage you to spread your exam load appropriately, and not save them until the end of the examination period.  You will be given a total of 24 hours to complete each exam.  In other words, from the moment you download the exam questions, you have 24 hours to submit your response.  You may choose any 24-hour period during the exam window to take an examination.  However, we STRONGLY URGE you to time your exams such that you are submitting during our IT Department’s operating hours, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all exam days.  Outside of those hours, you will have to send an email and wait until the Department reopens.  Understand that we cannot respond to emergency requests in the middle of the night.  Such problems may occur.  Document them, send a help request, and we will get to you as soon as we are able.  Again, scheduling your exams such that you will submit each one during typical business hours should alleviate many potential problems and likely stress for you.

Some students have asked how much time one should spend on a particular exam.  Again, you have as much as 24 hours.  You must use your discretion on how to wisely allocate that time.  Some faculty may have word limits that may impact how much writing will be graded without penalty.  Be sure to read and respect each professor’s limitations.

Any examination not submitted by the end of the exam window will not be graded; you will fail the course and earn no credit.  Plan now.  Plan carefully.  Triple check your plan.

Permitted Materials

All exams are open book, open material.  However, you are not permitted to discuss the content of an exam with any other person during the entire 2-week exam period.  Violation of this rule will result in proceedings brought under the Code of Student Professional Responsibility.  All students will sign certifications both before and after each examination indicating compliance with this rule.

Attendance and Pre- and Post-Exam Certifications

Many have asked for clarification of the Law Center’s attendance policy this spring.  The policy remains that set out in the Law Center’s catalog, EXCEPT that in lieu of faculty tracking attendance by combining in-person roll sheets from the period for which we met live and logs from Zoom/Panopto (which we know are sometimes not wholly accurate), you will be required to certify in EACH COURSE in which you are enrolled that you have complied with the attendance requirements of the course either by attending live lectures and/or watching recorded lectures.  These certifications will be completed through the Moodle page of each of your courses.

You will also be required to complete both a pre- and a post- examination certification indicating that you will not and have not discussed the exam with anyone during the entirety of the spring 2020 examination period.  Each of these certifications is made pursuant to the Law Center’s Code of Student Professional Responsibility, and falsely certifying information on either of these certifications is subject to sanction under the Code.

You will need to complete the attendance policy certification and the pre-exam certification through a questionnaire in EACH of your Moodle courses.  (For courses in which a final exam is not administered, students should complete the attendance portion of the certification and choose “Not Applicable” for the pre-exam certification.)  You MUST complete this questionnaire no later than Monday, April 27 (the day before the exam period begins).  The questionnaire will be available in Moodle beginning April 20 at 10 a.m.  Detailed instructions for completion of this process can be found on this Google Document.

The post-exam certification will also be completed through a questionnaire on Moodle.  Students may NOT submit this certification until after they have completed each exam.  You should complete the certification as soon after each exam is submitted as possible.  For courses in which a final exam is not administered, you will not need to complete this certification (although you still must complete the attendance/pre-exam certification).  This post-exam certification will be available in Moodle beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 12 p.m.  Detailed instructions for completion of this process can be found on this Google Document.

Note that until you complete BOTH certifications, any exam answer you write will NOT be sent to the faculty member for grading.  Failure to complete both certifications will result in your failing and receiving no credit in the course, as no exam answer will be read.  If you have trouble with the certification, you should reach out to me or the IT department.  Do NOT contact your professor.  They will not be able to assist you with this.

Technical Support

If any technical issues arise during an exam, you should contact the LSU Law IT HelpDesk at 225-578-4898 or email lawits@lsu.edu.  You will be able to reach IT personnel between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on exam days.  Requests for assistance made outside of those hours will be addressed when the office opens again.  Do NOT contact your professor.  The professor cannot assist you with these matters, and contacting the professor is a breach of anonymity that violates the Law Center’s Code of Student Professional Responsibility.  You should contact IT, and copy me on any such contacts, only.