Take-Home Examination

Using THES (Take-Home Examination System)

Exam Schedule

All take-home exams are administered through THES (Take-Home Examination System). All students must use THES to complete their take-home exams. No hard copies of exams will be made available.

At the appropriate time, using any computer with Internet access, you will begin by downloading the exam (in PDF format) from a designated server. You will end your exam by uploading your answers to the same server as written in a word processing document (please see the Using THES page for acceptable document formats).  The server will note the time that you download the exam and the time that you upload your answers. Note: Unlike with in-class exams, the clock begins to run on your take- home exam as soon as your THES PDF has been downloaded.

THES will not restrict access to your computer and files.  THES is simply a server site from which you can download your exam questions and upload your exam answers.  You should adhere to the instructions on your exam coversheet regarding materials allowed for the exam.

Students must complete a take-home exam within the number of hours designated for that exam. For fixed-schedule take-home exams, once a student downloads the exam from THES the clock starts ticking and the student must use consecutive hours to complete the exam.

Regardless of when a student starts the exam:

  1. he or she may not exceed the number of hours designated by the faculty member for the exam and
  2. may not continue the exam beyond the specified THES window of time. After you have uploaded your answer file, you will be required to review and verify the uploaded file. 

NOTE: If you encounter difficulties uploading there is a built-in ten minute grace period. All late exams will be so marked. The grace period should be used EXCLUSIVELY for upload difficulties. You are prohibited from working on your exam answer during the grace period. There are two types of take-home exams, full period take-home exams (available to students during the entire exam period) and fixed-schedule take-home exams (must be taken on the day and time scheduled by the Office of Academic Services).


Types of Take-Home Exams

Full period take-home exams

Full period take-home exams are available to students on THES from December 9 - December 21 at 11:59pm New York Time.


Fixed-scheduled take-home exams

Fixed-scheduled take-home exams must be taken on the day scheduled by the Office of Academic Services. Upper-class exams are no more than 8 hours long.

Take-Home Upper-Level Exam One-Hour Window:
There is a one-hour window of flexibility to download and start upper-level take-home exams.  For example, a four-hour upper-level take -home exam may be scheduled from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The exam must be taken for four consecutive hours. The exam answer is due four hours after the exam questions are downloaded or by 7:00 p.m., whichever is earlier. 


1L Fixed-Scheduled take-home exams have a Window of Download Flexibility


6 Hour or more 1L Take-home Exams Eleven-Hour Window: 1L exams are not longer than eight hours.  1L take-home exams scheduled for six or more hours have an 11-hour window for completion; students must complete the exam using consecutive hours. E.g., an six-hour exam may be scheduled from 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The exam answer is due six hours after the exam questions are downloaded or by 5:00 p.m., whichever is earlier. 

Less than 6 Hour 1L Take-home Exams One-Hour Window: 1L scheduled take-home exams that are less than six hours long have a one -hour window of flexibility to download and start the exam.  For example, a four-hour exam may be scheduled from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The exam must be taken for four consecutive hours. The exam answer is due four hours after the exam questions are downloaded or by 7:00 p.m., whichever is earlier.


THES Important Technical Tips and Troubleshooting

  • THES supports documents formatted by Microsoft Word and Word Perfect. Microsoft Works documents are not supported.
  • The word count in THES for Microsoft Word and Word Perfect documents does not include footnotes in its counts.
  • Prior to verifying your answers by selecting “Confirm and Submit” you will be permitted to upload your exam file as many times as you desire.
  • The upload time determines whether your exam file submission is on time or late. Therefore, you must complete ALL UPLOADS within the allotted exam period or any applicable grace period, otherwise your exam will be late.
  • Your answer file will NOT be printed and sent to the faculty until you select “Confirm and Submit.” You must do more than upload the exam file; you must verify the same as your FINAL submission by selecting the “Confirm and Submit” option.
  • NOTE: Exams may be printed as soon as verified, even if the allotted time period (the THES stated “Exam End Date Time”) has not elapsed. Once your exam has been confirmed and submitted your “upload” button will be inoperable.
  • Once you have verified the file as your final submission no further uploads will be allowed.
  • Although you may begin your take-home exam at any time within the designated exam period (except in first-year courses and certain upper-class courses), you should consider that THES support will not be available 24 hours a day.
  • In the event of a server problem, the time allotted for completion of the exam will run from the time at which the exam is successfully downloaded or ten minutes after ITS confirms that the problem is resolved, whichever is earlier. Students who experience technical problems and are unable to download their exam questions should send an e-mail to the Exams Email detailing the time and specifics of the problem. Students should not distribute copies of the exam questions to classmates, even in the event of a server problem.
  • Students who are not comfortable reading exams on their computer screens for take home exams should be prepared to print out their own exam questions. No hard copies of exams will be made available.