Exams

Using THES, the Take-Home Examination System

What is THES? What is it used for?

 

THES is the Law School's Take-Home Exam System. THES gives the students the ability via the internet to download the Take Home Exam Question files (in PDF format) and upload their exam answers as created on a MAC or PC in a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.

THES is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer connected to the Internet. Technical support is available during business hours (Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00pm) via e‐mail at law.helpdesk@nyu.edu.

 

Tips for Taking the Exam

NOTE: Unlike in‐class exams, the clock begins to run on your take‐home exam as soon as the THES PDF question file has been downloaded and will be the time utilized by THES.

  • Download your Take-Home Exam within the designated time period: An exam file will only be available for download during the scheduled Start Date/Time. Please consult the Exams Page. A re‐download of an exam question file is permitted, however the first time the exam question file was downloaded will be the time utilized by THES.
  • Enable Cookies and JavaScript: Please be advised that in order to successfully use THES, your browser must have JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Watch Your Time: Each Take-Home Exam will be timed based on the THES web server. Please do not rely on any other clock, including your computer’s clock.
  • Save Your Work Often: It is your responsibility to save your work. Please save your working exam answer file frequently and please make periodic backups of your work.
  • Install Acrobat Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader (or any other PDF reader) will allow you to open up and view the PDF exam file on your system. 
  • Format Your Test File: 
    ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE CONTAINED IN ONE ANSWER FILE. DO NOT CREATE A SEPARATE ANSWER FILE FOR EACH QUESTION.


    When you begin the upload process make sure you select the correct file for upload. You will be required to review and verify that the file uploaded is the answer file.
  • If you do not select “Confirm and Submit” you will be permitted to upload your exam file as many times as you desire by clicking on “Upload Again”.
  • By selecting the “Upload Again” button you will be able to submit a new exam answer file and the same will REPLACE and OVERWRITE your previous answer file. The time of your last upload will be reflected as the time that your exam was submitted. Therefore, you must complete ALL UPLOADS within the allotted exam period or any applicable grace period, otherwise your exam will be marked late.
  • By selecting the “Confirm & Submit” button your answer file will be printed and sent to the faculty. You are verifying that the exam file is your FINAL submission by selecting this option and no further uploads will be allowed. A confirmation e‐mail will be sent to you and to an Academic Services e‐mail account.

How to Start Your Take-Home Exam

  1. Go to the Thes Login page

  2. Enter your NetID and NYUHome Password.

  3. Click the Log In button.

  4. Select the Take‐Home Exam link on the left‐hand side of the page.

  5. You will see the following: the server time, your Exam ID#, a reminder note (Your Take Home Exam ID is ####. Be sure to include your Exam ID on all your materials), a refresh button (which should be used to refresh the Server Time on the screen), and information on each Take‐Home Exam you have scheduled.

  6. Select the Download button. A confirmation screen will appear asking if you are you sure you want to start this exam.

  7. If you click No, you will return to the previous screen

  8. If you click Yes, the following will occur:
    a. The Exam Progress screen will appear. This screen will calculate the date/time by which you must upload your answer file.Note: you must rely on the Server Time and NOT your computer system’s time.
    b. The file download dialog box will appear. Although you have two options, to open or save the PDF question file, we strongly recommend that you select save, navigate to the location on your system you want to save the PDF question file, and select the save button. Then locate the PDF question file and open it.  You must rely on the Server Time and NOT your computer system’s time.  You may also log on to the system to re‐download your take home exam answer file at any time, however the first download time is the time used by the system.

Test Formatting Instructions
 

  • ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE CONTAINED IN ONE ANSWER FILE. DO NOT CREATE A SEPARATE ANSWER FILE FOR EACH QUESTION. PLEASE BE SURE TO UPLOAD THE CORRECT FILE TO THES.

  • You will be required to review and verify that the file uploaded is the answer file. Once you verify your file and submit the same you will not be able to upload a different file.
  • If you draft your answer in a word processing program other than Microsoft Word you must save and upload your answer file in one of the listed formats.
  • Remember to Save your answer file periodically. Unlike in‐class exam software, your word processor will not keep multiple backups of your Take‐Home exam answers.
  • After the last paragraph of your exam answer file type the following phrase, in Bold and Capital Letters: “END OF EXAM “

 

How to Upload Your File

  1. Go to the THES homepage

  2. Enter your NetID and NYUHome Password.
  3. Click the Log In button.
  4. Select the Take‐Home Exam link on the left‐hand side of the page.
  5. Click the link to Upload your exam file.
  6. The Upload Answer Screen should appear.
  7. Select the Browse button and navigate to your exam answer.

  8. Select your exam answer and click then Open button in the dialog box.

  9. Click the Upload Button on the THES site

  10. At this point a Confirm and Verify screen will appear.
  11. Click the link that says “Click Here to View File …”
  12. Once you have reviewed your uploaded document, you must choose to either finish the submission process by verifying the file, or upload a different file if needed.
  13. If the file is correct, click the top radio button to reveal the Confirm and Submit Answer button. IMPORTANT: Once you click on the Confirm & Submit Answer button, you cannot go back and re‐upload another file.
  14. If you need to upload a different file, click the bottom radio button to reveal the Upload Again button.*  
  15. Once you Confirm and Submit your answer file, you will be brought to the Answers Submitted Page, which you can print out for your records. You will also receive a confirmation email with your exam answer attached as a PDF file. You may return to the THES Home Page to view any uploaded answers.

Note: There is no limit to the number of times that you can upload; however, each time you do it, the timestamp associated with your answer file will change to reflect the later upload time. And you will need to go through the review and verify process for the submission process to be complete.