Frequently Asked Questions
Rescheduling an Exam
Take Home Exams
I lost my student ID, can I show another ID?
Yes, you may show any valid, government-issued photo ID.
What do I need to bring to my proctored exam?
Depending on the type of exam you will be taking, you will need to bring the following items:
- Your CUID card
- Laptop computer and charger with Softest and your exam files already downloaded
- Blue or Black pen
- Any materials allowed by your professor for open or limited-open book exams
- Several #2 pencils with erasers for multiple choice exams
Can I eat during my exam?
Yes, you may have a snack during your exam so long as it is not disruptive to others in the exam room.
Can I wear headphones/listen to music during my exam?
You may not wear headphones unless Disability Services has included them in your exam accommodations.
You are allowed to use ear plugs, such that are used on airplanes, to cancel out background noise.
I’m sick and I have an exam, what do I do?
Please call us at 212-854-2668 to let us know if you are too ill to sit for your exam. You will need to submit a doctor’s note to our office as soon as possible and no later than the end of the exam period. This can be submitted in person or faxed to 212-854-1135. You must also email us at [email protected] to arrange for a rescheduled exam.
I think I wrote the wrong exam number on my Scantron form. What should I do?
Scantron forms already have each student’s exam number printed on the upper right hand corner. However, we would appreciate if you email us at [email protected] in case there are any issues in the grading of your exam.
Can I use an e-version of my textbook?
You may not use an e-version of your textbook. Only print versions will be allowed in the exam room.
How can I receive accommodations for exams?
In order to receive accommodations for exams, you must self-register with Disability Services.
Disability Services will notify our office of your accommodations. You should receive an email from our office shortly before the exam period confirming your accommodations for each of your exams. If you do not receive this email or believe there is an error, please email us at [email protected].
What constitutes an exam conflict?
There are two categories of exam conflicts:
- Two Law School exams on the same day- One of the exams will be rescheduled to the first exam day on which the student does not have a scheduled exam and that will not create an exam conflict requiring further rescheduling.
- Proctored or fixed-date take-home Law School exams scheduled for consecutive days - Proctored or fixed-date take-home exams can be rescheduled to allow a 36-hour period between the start of two exams. For example, a student having proctored or fixed-date Law School exams scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday can reschedule the Tuesday exam to Wednesday.
Please write to [email protected] if you have any one of these conflicts.
I have a rescheduled exam, when do I find out the exam room?
Exam rooms for rescheduled exams will be emailed to you the night before your rescheduled exam. Please monitor your email for this announcement.
If you have not received an email, please call 212-854-2668 or come in person to 500 William and June Warren Hall as soon as possible before your exam.
How do I know if my take home exam was submitted late?
You should make note of when you download the take home exam. The system will give you a notification of the time you have uploaded your exam.
Can I print out my online take home exam?
Yes, you download a PDF version of the exam which is printable.
What can I use to write my take home exam?
You can use the word processing software (Microsoft Word, Apple Pages) of your choice. Please do not use Google Docs.
How do I download Examplify and my exam files?
You can find instructions on how to download Examplify as well as each of your exam files here.
My laptop crashed, can I borrow one?
Our IT Department has a limited amount of loaner laptops. You may contact them ([email protected] or 212-854-1370) to inquire about borrowing one during the exam period.
Our office also has a very limited number of loaner laptops for emergencies during the exam period. You may request a laptop by emailing us at [email protected].
Do I need to bring my charger?
Yes, you must bring and plug in your laptop charger in order to receive your exam.
I switched computers and cannot download the exam files a second time. What do I do?
Please email us at [email protected] with the name of the exam. We will need to reset your downloads in the ExamSoft database.
I would like to handwrite my exam. What do I do?
Students must email [email protected] with a list of exams they wish to handwrite. If you change your mind later, please email to notify us at least 24 hours before the start of the exam.
I just downloaded Examplify for the Bar exam. Will this cause a problem with using Examplify for CLS final exams?
Students who plan on taking the NY Bar Exam will need to download Examplify from the ExamSoft NY Bar Portal Website. This is necessary to complete their registration as well as ensure they are using the latest version of Examplify. When students download Examplify for the Bar and install it, it will automatically update their Examplify to the latest version used for the NY Bar. As of right now, Columbia Law School and the NY Bar are both utilizing the latest version of Examplify, therefore there should not be any issues using Examplify for both Columbia Law and the NY Bar. Examplify allows users to register multiple accounts (by clicking on “Switch User” on the lower right hand corner of the Examplify Home window), so students will be able to use one copy of SofTest for both institutions.
How do I use spell-check on Examplify?
You will be able to use spell check during your exam in a similar fashion to a word processing program. If there are any misspelled words, they will be indicated by a red line. Simply right-click or shift-click on the misspelled words, and a list of suggestions will appear. Choose the appropriate spelling from the list, and the misspelled word will be changed to the selection you made.
KNOWN ISSUE: Spell check is not consistently identifying misspelled words on Windows and Mac. This is being actively investigated and we will notify instructors of this issue. To improve the functionality of spellcheck, follow the instructions found here to set your spellcheck language to the language you will most commonly be typing in.
How do I use the word count on Examplify?
Examplify automatically counts the number of words and characters contained in an essay question's response. The character count is displayed in the gray area above the answer text field. To get a more detailed word and character count, click on the Page icon above the answer text field. This window provides the total number of words, characters, and characters without spaces for the essay response. If text is selected in the current question, Examplify provides the same information for the text that is selected.