Will the software run on my computer?
Exam4 has the following system requirements:
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.9
- Minimum 800x600 screen resolution
How do I install & test the software?
The software is available via download for a limited time each semester. This information will be provided to students when the exam time nears.
For detailed instructions, please follow the Exam4 Installation Procedure.
The Exam4 software does not automatically separate your document into pages the way most fully-featured word processing programs do, such as Microsoft Word. It can, however, give you an estimated page count of the entire document. To activate this feature:
You will see a box to the right of the main text editor that shows the page and word count of your current document.
- Est. Pages: This is an estimate of the pages typed for the entire document.
- Words: This is an estimate of the words typed for the current answer. There is a numbered selector (1-6) for easily viewing the number of words for each section. You may also navigate to each answer section by clicking on the corresponding number.
In the Exam4 program, 1 page is approximately 500 words. You can use the Document Statistics feature (see above) to keep track of this. The Exam4 program does not automatically insert page breaks.
If the professor has asked that your pages be numbered, this is automatically done when the exams are printed.
The Exam4 software does not have a function to change the line spacing. All exams will be printed double-space, so if you type your exam with no additional spacing, it will be printed in double-space.
The Exam4 spellcheck feature has been disabled, in the interest of maintaining a level playing field between students taking electronic exams and those hand-writing their exams. If you feel you need to have a spellchecker for your exams due to extenuating circumstances, then you will need to check with Student Services to see if you are eligible to take an "accommodated exam".
There is a limitation of the software that disables the "Delete" key when typing; however if you select text with the mouse or by using the Shift key, you can then delete the selected text by pressing Delete or Backspace.
There is a limit to how large one exam can be. This limit is approximately 17 pages. If you are approaching the limit, you will see a color-coded progress bar on the right side of the text editor. This progress bar reflects how close you are to reaching the limit. For more information on this, click on the Help menu from within the Exam4 software.