Exams

Exam Basics

Exams administered by the Registrar's Office may be scheduled or self-schedule and may be delivered in-person or online. Please review the information below to learn where, when, and how exams will be administered in each of these conditions.

In-person Scheduled

  • Where do I go to take my exam?
    Go to the room listed on the exam schedule.
  • What day may I take my exam?
    On the day it is scheduled.
  • What time does my exam begin?
    9:00 am Eastern Time
  • How will exam questions be delivered?
    On paper only

In-person Self-scheduled

  • Where do I go to take my exam?
    Worrell 1106 (Exam Central) to pick up the exam. You'll be directed to a room to take your exam.
  • What day may I take my exam?
    Weekdays during the exam period. You do NOT need to schedule or notify anyone of your selection in advance.
  • What time does my exam begin?
    You must pick up the exam between 9 am and noon, and you are expected to immediately go to an exam room and start the exam.
  • How will exam questions be delivered?
    On paper only

Online Scheduled

  • Where do I go to take my exam?
    Anywhere conducive to taking an exam. An internet connection is required to download the exam and upload your exam response.
  • What day may I take my exam?
    On the day it is scheduled.
  • What time does my exam begin?
    You must start the exam between 9:00 am and noon Eastern Time.
  • How will exam questions be delivered?
    In ExamSoft Examplify only

Online Self-scheduled

  • Where do I go to take my exam?
    Anywhere conducive to taking an exam. An internet connection is required to download the exam and upload your exam response.
  • What day may I take my exam?
    Weekdays during the exam period.
  • What time does my exam begin?
    You must start the exam between 9:00 am and noon Eastern Time.
  • How will exam questions be delivered?
    In ExamSoft Examplify only

Exam Procedures

Exam Answer Sheets

All exams administered by the Registrar's Office will use ExamSoft Examplify for the collection of exam answers. To access your exam answer sheet, you will log in to ExamSoft Examplify and download the exam file for your exam.

For a scheduled exam, you will be able to download your exam file the afternoon prior to the day of the exam. The exam password will also be distributed afternoon prior to the day of the exam.

For self-scheduled exams, the download will be available and the password distributed the afternoon prior to the start of the self-scheduled exam period.

Exam questions will be distributed based on the location/modality of your exam (see above).

If you do not receive the download and password by 5pm the day before your exam, contact lawregistrar@wfu.edu immediately for assistance.

Completion

You must complete the exam within the allotted time and no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on the day you take the exam. Thus, you must calculate your access time accordingly, especially for those students who receive the special accommodation of extra time.

Time Limits

During the startup steps for your exam, you will be presented with a screen indicating the amount of time allocated for the exam. If you have any questions about the amount of time you are allowed, you must verify that time with the Registrar’s Office prior to commencing the exam.

Students receiving extra time accommodations will have the appropriate amount of time allocated by the exam software.

The exam software will automatically shutdown the exam when the time limit is reached and there is no way to extend the time once the exam has been started. So it is imperative that you verify the exam time limit before commencing the exam.

Exam Policies

Any violation of these exam policies should be brought to the attention of the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, or the Honor Council Chairman or Secretary. Violations of the Honor Code can result in suspension, dismissal, or other disciplinary action.

Honor Code

Students remain bound by the Honor Code and should not discuss the content of any exam during the exam period with or near students who will take that exam at a later time.

Mistake in Exam

If you think there is an error, including a typographical error, that affects the nature of the examination question, please answer the question based on the most reasonable resolution of the error, and state explicitly the error and your resolution in the exam answer unless the problem is with a multiple-choice question. If in a multiple-choice question, state the error and your resolution on the first page of the examination answer.

Exam Materials

Students are only permitted to bring into the examination room materials required for the examination as specified in advance by the faculty member.

Smart Watches and Cell Phones

No Apple or any type of Smartwatches are allowed on the student’s body and in the student’s exam workspace during all exams unless the exam instructions affirmatively allow access to the Internet.

Smartphones also must be stored outside of the student’s body and exam workspace during all exams unless the exam instructions affirmatively allow access to the Internet.

Electronic earbuds are not permitted during all exams.

If you leave and return to an exam room, do not take your cell phone or any exam materials with you. If you must stay in touch (imminent birth; family member in critical health, etc.), let the Registrar’s Office know; they will provide an emergency number to give to your loved one. If we get a call on that phone during your exam, we will find you.

Other Devices with on/off switches

Other than your computer, do not bring any other similar device to the exam room. The one exception is for LL.M. students who have permission to use a hand-held language dictionary.

Exam Monitoring & Rules

All in-person examinations will be monitored by the faculty member or by a staff person assigned by the Dean. The monitor is the professor’s representative in the class and should be treated with the same respect and authority. Monitors for scheduled exams are present to enforce the rules set by the professors.

Failure to follow the procedures and rules for all exams – and the rules of your individual professors – could result in an incident report to the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, who will determine if the matter should be forwarded to the grading faculty member and/or the Honor Council for resolution. It is imperative that you adhere to the rules set by your professor for all exams, including these exam policies.

10-minute Rule for In-person, Scheduled Exams

If you are still in the exam room with 10 minutes left, stay in your seat, even if you are finished. The constant shuffling of students leaving during the last 10 minutes distracts students still working. Unless you finish before the last 10 minutes, stay in your seat until the exam is over.

Early Exams

No final exams may be given or handed out to a class (take-home exams) prior to the last day of classes of any semester. Also, no hardship examination may be scheduled prior to the regularly scheduled examination.

Exam Scheduling Conflicts (Hardships)

In the course of an exam period, it is possible that there will be some exam scheduling conflicts. Below, you'll find the rules that govern if and when an exam may be rescheduled, and other details related to rescheduled exams.

Standard Hardships

Scheduled final exams in close proximity to one another do not constitute hardship unless:

  • the student is scheduled for two examinations on the same day or beginning fewer than 24 hours apart OR
  • a student is scheduled for three examinations on three consecutive days.

For example, a student scheduled to take an examination at 9:00 am on Day 1 and 9:00 am on the following day is ​not​ a hardship. In addition, hardships will ordinarily not be granted with respect to the five classes with the highest enrollments for the semester.

In the event of standard hardship, the student will be required to re-schedule the exam for the next available exam make-up day that would not create a new standard hardship.

If you would like to request to have an exam rescheduled due to a Standard Hardship, please email the Registrar's Office (lawregistrar@wfu.edu) by November 19, 2021 and indicate which exams you are scheduled to take that constitute a Standard Hardship. Only after a request has been completely evaluated and approved will a student be notified and exempted from taking an exam on the scheduled day. Professors may be informed of the number of students who have been granted permission to reschedule an exam, but the identity of these students will NOT be disclosed to the professor.

Last Minute/Exceptional Hardships

If you have a last minute emergency that interferes with your ability to take an exam, please contact the Dean of Students as soon as possible. In order to preserve grading anonymity, you should not contact your professor in these situations.

Scheduled Exam Make-up Days

There are selected days within the exam period that are set aside as Exam Make-up Days. You can find these days on the current semester's exam schedule. Only where special circumstances warrant will a rescheduled exam be taken on a day other than a scheduled exam make-up day.

Exam Grading Policy

Anonymous Grading – All exams must be graded anonymously, as required in the Student Handbook.

Anonymous Grading by Exam Numbers

At the start of each semester an anonymous exam number will be assigned to each student for that semester's exams. Students should be sure to obtain their exam number via the law school Intranet.

Each number will be different for each student and will be confidential as no professor will be able to link a students exam number to their name until after final grades are submitted for the semester. The number will be used by students to identify their exam answer. Students should not sign their names or otherwise identify themselves on their exams except by their exam number. If they do so, an Honor Code violation may be found.