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Step by Step: Starting an Exam with ExamID

These instructions are for those who have already set up the baseline picture in ExamID. 
Click here if you are using Examplify with ExamID for the very first time.

When you start Examplify, the first screen will be the "My Exams" Screen, where you can see the exam files that are available. You will receive an email message telling you which exam file to use for your exam.  This email will also have the the exam number, and the exam password for this exam.  Click here if you want to take a practice exam.

When you select an exam, the lower section shows you the details and settings for the exam.

Exam details

In our example, it is a non-secure exam, it lasts for one hour, WiFi is enabled during the exam, you can navigate back and forth between questions, and ExamID is on, so the computer will take your picture before the exam.  You can also check here to see if your professor has allowed the Spell Check and/or Copy & Paste functions.  In our example, Spell Check is off but Copy & Paste is on.  If Copy and Paste is off, you will not be able to cut and paste anything into your exemplify window.

To start the exam, follow these steps.

  1. Select the exam.  Check the email message for the correct file name.
  2. Enter your exam number.  This is the exam number you received in the email, not your 7-digit CWSL ID number.
  3. Enter the exam password. You received this password in the email notice for this exam.  Each exam has a unique password.
  4. Click the "Enter" button.

Click Enter to begin your exam

If you get this screen:

Close MS Office Programs

This means that you still have some MS Office programs running. You can choose to exit Examplify and close the programs, or allow Examplify to close the programs for you.

At this point, the ExamID program will cut in, and take your picture.

Starting an Exam with ExamID

(This is what you will see if you have already taken your baseline picture for ExamID.
If you have never taken your picture with ExamID, you need to go back to this page.)

Once you have the camera set up, it will automatically take your picture.
You will get a screen that looks like this (except with your face on the screen).
The caption will read, "Center your face in the frame and press the button when ready".
Hold still so it can get a good picture.

Once the program has successfully taken a picture, you will get this screen.
There will be two buttons, "Retake", and "Save & Continue".

 Save picture or retake

If you don't like the picture, click the Retake button.
If you like the picture, click the Save & Continue button.

Now that ExamID has taken your picture and confirmed you are you, Examplify will continue the process of starting the exam.

If you are taking a secure exam, you will then get this screen:

Secure Exam Starting

This is the screen that puts your computer in secure exam mode. It will lock out all other functions except for the Examplify word processor.

This is the point of no return. Once you go past this screen, you cannot exit Examplify until you have completed your exam.

Click Continue.


The next screen says "Do not start until instructed".   If we were in a classroom, you would wait until the proctor says "begin".  Since we are taking these exams off campus, go ahead and click Continue when it is time to start your exam.

  Stop Sign Screen


This will bring you to this next screen. 
Put a check mark where it says, "I am authorized to start my exam."
Then click the "Start Exam" button.  This will start your exam timer and take you into the exam.

Start Exam 


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  If you have any questions, send email to, or call 619-525-1473.