Exams on Laptops
The Exams on Laptops Program allows students to take their exams on their laptops using special software as long as certain requirements are met. The program is entirely voluntary; students may choose to hand write their exams if that is their preference.
The general requirements for participation in the Exams on Laptops Program are:
- The professor must make the class's exam available under the Program.
- To use your OU Law iPad on the exam, the professor must allow the use of iPads for taking the exam in addition to making it available under the Program.
- The student must sign up for laptop exams via the Law Student Intranet.
- The student must pay a $25 software usage fee to ExamSoft. This fee covers the exams for one academic year (September through August).
- The laptop or iPad must meet the minimum requirements as posted by Examsoft.
- Windows requirements: http://support.examsoft.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=15194&task=knowledge&questionID=170 (opens in a new window)
- Mac requirements: http://support.examsoft.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=15194&task=knowledge&questionID=171 (opens in a new window)
- iPad requirements: http://support.examsoft.com/link/portal/15157/15194/Article/563/What-are-the-minimum-system-requirements-to-use-SofTest-M-iPad (opens in a new window)
- The use of computers owned by the College of Law in the Exams on Laptops Program is explicitly prohibited.
Although a student does not have to own a laptop to be able to participate in the Exams on Laptops Program, please note that a student may not use a laptop owned by the Law Center to take exams. Furthermore, because SofTest uses the Law Student Network for turning in the exam, the laptop must be registered for use on the Law Student Network prior to the exam.
Additional information and more specific requirements are disclosed on the Student Intranet.
In the Spring 2003 semester, the OU College of Law conducted its pilot project of allowing students to take their final exams on their laptops. That pilot program was a resounding success, and the resulting Exams on Laptops Program has become extremely popular with the College's students and faculty alike. In subsequent semesters, the Program experienced tremendous growth: by the Fall 2005 semester it had grown to the point that nearly two thirds of our law students and more than three quarters of our faculty participated in the Program. In each Fall and Spring semester, student take a combined total of more than 1,000 exams on their laptops.