Exam Guide

Take-Home Exams

Please Note: This page was updated on May 12, 2022.

Take-Home exams can be taken almost anywhere, as long as you have Wi-Fi. Exam questions will be available to be downloaded and printed from Exam4 during exam period. Take-Home exams will be taken on Exam4, but not be remotely proctored. You are allowed to cut and paste text into Exam4.


Summer 2022Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 exam schedules are now available.

You are strongly encouraged to complete a 10-minute Practice Exam prior to your first exam.

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. You can also visit our Exam Event page to find out about online and in-person help sessions.

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How to Take Your Exam4 Take-Home Exam

Please note: Before you begin, please go to Exam4 to download and/or print your exam. You'll also need info from ExamReporter before starting your exam. For step-by-step instructions on how to download your take-home exam questions please watch this quick video.

Print your take-home exam questions

Getting Started

  • Close all open files and programs and restart your computer.
  • Double-click on the red "e" icon on your desktop or in your dock to open Exam4.

Screen 1: Start or Save

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

Screen 2: Exam ID; Course or exam title

  • Enter your four-digit Exam ID in both Exam ID fields. (See the "For Reference: Using Exam Reporter" box on this page.) 
  • Enter your NYU NetID .
  • Select your course twice from the dropdown menus. 
  • 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 when you start your exam and will not shut down your exam.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 (Note: The Exam4 honor code is superseded by the Law School’s pledge of academic honesty.)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

  • Confirm "Exam Mode." (No matter the Exam Mode, you must follow the instructions on the cover sheet provided by your professor.)
  • Click "Next."

Screen 6: Almost ready to begin exam...

  • Confirm that the info you entered is correct.
  • Wait until your exam's designated start-time. Then click "Begin Exam." 

Congratulations, you are now ready to begin taking your exam. 

Watch: How to download take-home exam questions

For Reference: Your Info in Exam Reporter

For all exams, you'll need to go to ExamReporter to get some essential information.

  1. Your personal Exam ID (This four-digit identifier changes every exam period to keep exams anonymous.) 
  2. The course's Exam4 ID (This is an abbreviated version of the course name which you'll need to select in Exam4.)
  3. Exam Start and End time (You are responsible for ending your exam on time.)

5 Things to Know about Take-Home Exams on Exam4

1. How to Use Answer Separators and the Word Count Function

If your answers have word limits, you might want to add Answer Separators so you can see the word count for each one.

  • Click "Insert Answer Separator" between each one.
  • To view the word count for each question, click on "Show/Hide Document Statistics." (Don't use the Estimated Page Counter; it is less accurate.) 

2. How to Navigate Multiple Choice Questions

To open these questions, select "Multiple Choice" from the top toolbar. (NOTE: Do NOT reenter the Document ID in the field at the top of the box.)

  • Use the up/down arrows to navigate questions or click on the question in the list.
  • To change your answer, click “Unlock” and to remove it, click “Clear.” 
  • To close the Multiple Choice answer box, press “Hide." 

3. You Can Only Cut and Paste Text on Take-Home Exams

The Exam4 software will not allow you to cut and paste text into the answer field for any Exam Mode other than Take-Home exams. 

4. How to Edit Answers in Exam4

In the dropdown Tool menu, Exam4 has the usual Word-style editing features, including Spell Check. A few things to note, though:

  • The “Delete” key (in Windows) does not function on a character-by-character basis, but does work to delete highlighted text. 
  • If you delete more than 100 characters of text, a warning box pops up to confirm that's your intent.
  • It does not allow footnotes, however. 

5. Your Work is Saved Automatically

Exam4 automatically saves your essay and multiple choice answers every 10 seconds and backs them up every two minutes.

Take-home exam submission example

​​​​​​How to Submit a Take-Home Exam

Once you have submitted and exited an exam, you can no longer get back into it.

  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. Take-Home exam submissions may take up to 30 minutes to appear in ExamReporter. Please note that your receipt is your proof that you have submitted your exam.