Electronic exams (eExams)

Monash is progressively rolling out electronic exams and assessments. They are called eExams and are delivered through a new, engaging Moodle interface. Created and marked by your teaching staff, eExams can apply to both in-semester assessment tasks and end-of-semester exams.

You'll know if your exam is paper-based or electronic by checking your exam timetable. Next to each unit code is an indicator:

  • PAPER
  • E-EXAM

Advantages

Electronic assessments provide a more engaging experience than using paper. Other advantages include:

  • easier editing options (e.g. cut and paste) and no more writing cramps
  • a more environmentally-friendly alternative to paper
  • the use of multimedia better reflects real-life scenarios that can't be replicated on paper
  • can support students with special needs (enlarging text, integration with some assistive software)
  • allows for a greater variety of question formats and multimedia to assess your knowledge, including:
    • multiple choice
    • matching and labelling
    • drag and drop
    • use of images and video
    • maths equations, chemical structures, programming languages.

What to expect

eExams are held in a Monash exam venue and will be supervised (invigilated). Check your exam timetable in the Web Enrolment System for venue details. eExams don't have separate reading or noting time. It's incorporated into the overall exam time. Once exam time starts, you login and begin.

All eExams use a high quality wi-fi/LAN connection. Technical support staff are available to assist you with any problems, including backup laptops.

Multi-factor authentication won't be applied to laptops used for exams, so don't worry about this if you've opted in already.

  • Unless your faculty instructs otherwise, you'll be provided with a Monash laptop.
  • The exams are run in an enhanced version of Moodle Quiz.
  • You access your results in the usual way.

Moodle Quiz

Moodle Quiz is the software used for eExams. We have worked with Monash students to improve the interface. You simply login using your Monash username and password to access your eExams.

Features include:

  • a timer to let you know how much time you have left
  • a progress bar
  • the ability to easily identify and access unanswered questions
  • an auto save every thirty seconds to reduce the risk of any lost responses
  • split screen view for long-answer questions
  • a notes section for each question so you can structure your responses - your notes aren't assessed as part of your exam

Question types currently include:

  • multiple choice
  • short answer
  • long answer
  • image labelling.

A spell check (British English) feature is available. While misspelt words will be underlined, there's no auto-correct or suggestion features. Confirm with your unit teaching staff if spell check will be available for your eExam.

Laptops

Your exam desk will have a Monash supplied Hewlett Packard laptop with Windows operating system along with a mouse and mouse pad.

To maintain academic integrity, the laptops are configured to disable features like access to the internet and other unauthorised software, using a locked down browser.

In the unforeseen event that a laptop freezes, you need to notify an exam supervisor (invigilator) as soon as possible by raising your hand. You will be supplied with a new laptop and you can pick up from the latest auto saved response (every thirty seconds).

Supporting you

We know that exams can be a stressful time and the last thing you want to worry about is walking into the unknown. Be assured, we've got you covered.

Before the exam

To get you familiar with how eExams work, there are a few things you can do.

  • Watch this video to get an idea of how eExams work.
  • Check the Quick Reference Guide for Students (pdf, 0.22 mb)
  • Try our General Knowledge Mock eExam at any time. This has examples of all the questions types currently available in eExams. To begin, you'll be asked to self-enrol and you can have multiple attempts.
  • Ask your lecturer if there's a unit-specific mock eExam in the Moodle practice environment for you to try out.
  • Attend one of our hands-on sessions, where you can practise using the software on a Monash laptop. There are two types of sessions:
    • Library based sessions - look out for the eExams banner in all library branches. These are available early on in the semester through to the exam period.
    • Practice sessions - resourced by students, these sessions give you the opportunity to have your eExam questions answered as well as practising on a Monash laptop. We'll send you an email closer to exam time letting you know when these are running.

Watch this video to see what students are saying about eExams.

During the exam

  • A single page user guide is provided on each desk.
  • Technical support staff are available to assist you with any problems.
  • Backup laptops will be provided in case of technical problems.

Alternative arrangements

If you have special needs and require assistance, please contact Disability Support Services.


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