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Step by Step: Starting an Exam

 When you start Examplify, the first screen will be the "My Exams" Screen, where you can see the exam files that are available.

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.  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.

  1. Select the exam. 
  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, which will be given to you by the proctors in the exam room.  Each exam has a unique password.
  4. Click the "Start Exam" button.

Start 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.

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".  Stop here and wait until the proctor tells you to begin.

  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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Next:   The Exam Environment


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