Exam Guide

Practice Exam

Please Note: This page was updated on April 12, 2024.


The Spring 2024 April/May exam schedule is now available.

Practice exams are for familiarizing yourself with Exam4, not for practicing answers. You will not be able to open a completed exam.

Exam Requirements

Use the Newest Exam4 Software.

For the January exam period you must use Exam4 Release 23.1.2 for Mac or Release 23.2 for Windows, both of which expire 1 June 2024.

The installer for spring final exams will be available at midnight on April 15, 2024.

Take a Practice Exam. Each semester, examining students are required to complete a Practice Exam that serves as a pretest verification to ensure that their equipment is compatible with Exam4 hardware and operating system requirements. Failure to complete the Practice Exam will result in the following consequences:

  • Low priority for technical support during an exam with no time-recovery for computer malfunctions.
  • No external devices permitted during exams (with the exception of a keyboard, mouse, and single monitor on a desktop computer used during an unproctored exam).

Exam Information You'll Need for Exam4

Before you take an exam, you should be sure to collect a few key pieces of your information from ExamReporter and the Exam Schedule.  

How to Find Your Exam Info

If You Need Help

The fastest way to get help with exam-related issues is to open a ticket with our Exam Team. Your question will be sent to the right person. Additional ways to get help are offered closer to exam time and are available on the Exam Events page.

Open a Ticket

How to Take a Practice Exam in Exam4

Getting Started

  • Close all open files and programs.
  • Open Exam4 by double-clicking on the red "e" icon on your desktop or in your dock.
  • Click "Ok" when it suggests you take a practice exam. If you are not prompted to do so, that's ok--move on to the next step.

Screen 1: Start or Save

  • Select "Prepare to start new exam."
  • Click "Next."

Screen 2: Exam ID; Course or exam title

  • Enter your personal four-digit Exam ID in both Exam ID fields. (See Finding Your Exam Information for Exam4.) 
  • Enter your NYU NetID.
  • To select your course, use the dropdown menus to choose "Practice Exam." 
  • Click "Next."
  • Check the box in the bottom right corner of the screen to re-confirm your information is correct and then click "OK."

Screen 3: Exam time, font and contrast

  • (Optional) You can set a countdown timer and/or an alert. Please know that the timer only begins once you start your exam and it will not shut down your exam. The countdown timer is not recommended for Fixed Time Fixed Location exams, as a human proctor tells you when to begin and end your exam.
  • (Optional) You can also choose a preferred font size and contrast. However, exams print according to a format beyond your control. 
  • Click "Next."

Screen 4: Notice of Instructions

  • Acknowledge the honor code, security check, and crash recovery process by clicking "Got it" at the bottom right corner of screen. (Note: The Exam4 honor code is superseded by the Law School’s pledge of academic honesty.)
  • Click "Next."

Screen 5: Exam Mode

  • Type in the correct Exam Mode for your real exam, found in the Exam Schedule or your Course Description.
  • Click "Next."

Note: The exam cover sheet provided by your faculty member establishes what materials and access are permissible for each exam. The Exam 4 software displays what is technically accessible, but the rules of your exam as set by your instructor may be more restrictive.

Screen 6: Almost ready to begin exam...

  • Confirm that the info you entered is correct.
  • Click "Begin Exam." 

Environment Monitoring System (EMS)

  • The built-in remote proctoring system may launch for Fixed Time exams depending on your faculty's request. It will tell you that our exams require photographic monitoring. Click "OK." Using a laptop camera, take these required photos:
    • Make sure Legible view of your Photo ID is selected. Align your NYU or government issued photo ID with the rectangle on the screen then click "Take Photo."
    • Choose "Clear view of your face," and then align your face with the oval on the screen. Briefly lower your face mask if necessary. Click on "Take Photo."
    • Select "Use Photos."

Note: Your ID and portrait need to be fully visible in the allotted spaces. If they are not, click “Clear” and take the picture again.

The Exam Answer Window

  • You are now in the exam answer window. Click the "Exam Info" dropdown and select "Exam Document."
  • A new window will appear. In the Document ID field, type in PracticeExamFinal and click "Fetch."
  • Take some time to familiarize yourself with Exam4, and when you're ready, submit your exam.

How to Submit a Practice Exam

Note: Once you have submitted and exited an exam, you can no longer get back into it. You can, however, take a Practice Exam as many times as you care to.

  1. Select "End Exam" in the top left-hand corner.
  2. Click "Confirm,"  then "OK," and then "Submit Electronically."
  3. You'll get a receipt with a green banner confirming your exam has been submitted successfully. Click the "I understand" box and then "OK."
  4. Click "Exit Exam4" and "Exit Exam4 Now."
  5. Check "I’m sure" and then "Exit Exam4."
  6. Practice exam submissions may take up to 30 minutes to appear in ExamReporter. Although your receipt is your proof that you have submitted your exam, for a Practice Exam you must confirm that your Exam Readiness status shows as Ready in ExamReporter, which ensures that you correctly entered all information into Exam4 and successfully submitted the exam to the exam server.

Check Your Status in ExamReporter

Make sure your practice exam successfully loaded to ExamReporter. A practice exam can take up to 30 minutes to appear on ExamReporter. If you still don't see your practice exam uploaded please contact the Exam Team to get help. Note that the successful submission of a practice exam is required for each exam season.

Congratulations! You've just completed your Practice Exam.