ExamSoft Guidelines & Instructions
All SIU Y1 and Y2 exams and all Y2 SAQs will be offered through ExamSoft this year. ExamSoft is a computer-based testing application that enables test creation, secure test administration through Examplify, exam scoring, and assessment at the item, student, and program levels. It is currently used by 204 medical schools worldwide (164 medical schools in the US). Exams will be offered only in the SIU computer labs using Examplify (which offers a secure exam by blocking access to files, programs, and the Internet during an exam). SAQs can be opened on any personal computer or ipad. In both instances, you will log into your ExamSoft portal, download the exam, and upload it when completed.
You can get more information about ExamSoft at the ExamSoft University page and at ExamSoft Support. You can also check out ExamSoft's tutorial "Examplify: Best Practices for Students," or "Examplify for Windows & Mac" on YouTube. FYI, when viewing information about ExamSoft on these pages, we will be using Examplify in the New Portal (not the legacy portal).
How to Register
When SIU loads the student names into ExamSoft, you will receive an email directly from ExamSoft with an invitation to register. Please Note: Occasionally these emails end up in your junk mail, so if you don’t get the invitation, check your junk mail folder.
- Visit the ExamSoft web site at https://ui.examsoft.io/login?institutioncode=siumed. Log in using your SIU user name and dawgtag. Instructions for both first-time and returning users are included on the custom home page.
- Download and install the latest version of the software (Examplify).
- Register Examplify using your SIU email address and password. The institution ID is SIUMED.
** If you experience any problems with downloading the software, you must contact ExamSoft directly at their toll-free number 866-429-8889; via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or via Live Chat through the SIU custom home page. Their hours are 8:30-5:30 EST, Monday-Friday. Jean Afflerbach and Melissa Buchanan are also available to assist with this process.
** Please use either Firefox or Chrome to sign into ExamSoft. Chrome seems to work better.
** When using Examplify on your personal device, it may work better to stay signed in. If you have signed out, please choose New User to get back in. The institution ID is SIUMED.
We strongly advise you to take the “Mock Exam” so that you become familiar with the software and to alert you to potential computer-related problems. The Mock Exam feature was added to provide an opportunity to experience downloading, taking and uploading an exam administered in secure mode using Examplify. It includes examples of all the types of questions offered by ExamSoft, including ones not normally used by SIU. Once you register Examplify, you will be notified on-screen that there is an exam file available for download. You may download, take and upload the Mock Exam at your convenience up to ten times. The password for the mock exam is mock2018.
All of the SAQs for each unit will be available to you at the beginning of the unit. You can log into Examsoft, download and take the exam, then upload it to get your results as many times as you like. You do not need to take these exams in secure mode. Thus, other programs and the internet will be available to you while going through the SAQs.
You will download your exam to a computer in the SIU computer lab on exam day. Extra time will be made available for downloading the exams, although it is very quick.
- Connect to the Internet
- Double-click the “Examplify” icon on the Desktop. The “Examplify Launcher” window should appear.
- Select the exam you would like to download and click the “Download Exam” button
- You have successfully downloaded the exam when you see a check mark next to the exam name.
Take an Exam
- Read each Notice window carefully and click ‘OK’ to advance to the next window. STOP when the last Notice window with the option to enter a code appears.
- When instructed by the proctor, type the code provided by the proctor and click the “Start Exam” button.
- To exit the exam, select “Exam Controls” and “Submit Exam”. On the blue window, confirm that you are ready to exit and click the “Exit” button.
Please Note: In the case of a fire alarm or other emergency while taking an exam, power off your computer by holding down the power button before leaving the building. In this way, when you power the computer back on, it will automatically go back into the exam where you left off.
Upload Answer Files
Your exam will automatically upload to the secure server when your internet connection is established. Students should not leave the building until their file has successfully uploaded and the green screen appears.
Here is a Quick Start guide on how to use Examplify:
- What are the Minimum System Requirements for Windows, Mac, and iPad?
- How do I log in to Examplify?
- How do I start and take an exam with Examplify?
- Examplify: Starting and Uploading your Mock Exam
- How to Disable your Anti-Virus Software before starting your exam
- How do I navigate between questions? Can I mark questions for review later?
- How do I answer a multiple choice question?
- Can I use keyboard shortcuts during an exam?
- Can I cut, copy, and paste during my exam?
- How do I confirm that my answer file has been submitted successfully?
- How to Download an Exam
- How to Start an Exam