Types of Exams & Procedures for Taking Them

There are 3 types of exams given at Temple Law School: a Scheduled Exam (often called an in-class exam), an Unscheduled Exam (often called a free slot exam - not available during Summer Session), or a Take Home Exam. During the first month of the semester, professors will inform their classes if they intend to give a Take Home Exam.

If you have an exam conflict between Scheduled Exams, you will generally take one of the exams as scheduled and take the other one during a subsequent "Free Slot" session. This is called a Deferred Exam and the procedures are the same as for Unscheduled Exams.

Taking Scheduled (In-Class) Exams

Scheduled exams must be taken on the date and time specified on the examination schedule. Please report to the assigned room at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start time of an exam. If you are using your notebook computer to take the exam, please launch the exam security software as soon as you arrive in the room. If you are handwriting your answers, please pick up blue books from the front of the room. Scrap paper will also be available at the front of the room. Please turn cell phones off and do not use them in the building, for example, on a trip to the restroom, during your exam session.

The proctor will distribute the exam. If you plan to handwrite, you must ask the proctor for Blue Books. Aside from launching the exam security software, please do not begin work on the exam until the proctor instructs you to start. Except for brief breaks necessary to use the restroom, you must stay in the assigned exam room to take the exam. Student conduct is at all times governed by the Code of Student Conduct.

The clock located in the exam room is used to time the exam. Please be sure to keep track of your time. The proctor will announce when time is up. All students must stop working when the end of an exam is announced.

You must return your exam materials, including scrap paper, to the proctor upon completion of the exam. Please line up in an orderly fashion so that the proctor can record receipt of each completed exam, and do not leave the line until the proctor tells you. Exam questions must always be returned. Handwriters must submit the Blue Books which have their answers in them. Do not use Blue Books as scrap paper; use only the designate scrap paper at the front of the room.

If you become ill during an exam or have any other emergency, please notify the proctor immediately.

Students who arrive late for a scheduled exam, or who have a problem or emergency during the exam, should go to Exam Central and seek assistance from the Exam Supervisor. Unless the reason for lateness was exceptional and could not have been anticipated and avoided by the student, students who arrive late will join the exam in progress and will not be afforded additional time.

Taking Unscheduled (Free Slot) Exams & Deferred Exams

Unscheduled exams are listed in an addendum to the examination schedule. Deferred Exams result from conflicts between Scheduled Exams. Unscheduled and Deferred exams must be taken during one of the scheduled Free Slots listed on the exam schedule.

You need not give advance notice of when you are going to take an unscheduled exam or deferred exam.

Everyone in the exam room starts work at the same time. Simplified - the steps are:

  1. Pick up your exam from Exam Central 20 minutes before the start of the Free Slot
  2. Go to either the Computer room or the Blue Book room
  3. Begin work when the proctor tells you to start
  4. Keep your own time
  5. When your time is up - time stamp and turn in your exam at Exam Central

The detailed steps for Computer users and for Blue Book users are shown below:

Free Slot Exam Procedures

What To Do If You Use a Computer If You Use Blue Books
Go to exam central 20 minutes before the start of the free slot
  • Pick up your exam from the appropriate table in Exam Central
  • Write your exam number on the exam
  • Pick up your exam and Blue Books from the appropriate table in Exam Central
  • Write your exam number on the exam
Once you have your exam
  • Go to the assigned room
  • If open book (yellow cover) - sit on the right as you face the front
  • If closed book (blue cover) - sit on the left as you face the front
  • Go to the assigned room
  • If open book (yellow cover) - sit on the right as you face the front
  • If closed book (blue cover) - sit on the left as you face the front
When you get to the room
  • Go though the SofTest launch
  • Wait at the Stop Signs until told to start
  • Wait until you are told to start
When told to begin
  • Break the seal, hit "Begin", and start work
  • Keep track of your own time
  • Break the seal and start work
  • Keep track of your own time
When the time for your exam is up
  • Stop work
  • Click the "Exit & Save" button
  • Immediately take your exam questions to Exam Central
  • Time stamp the cover sheet - You have 5 minutes to get this done
  • Hand in the exam questions
  • Return to the exam room to check the progress of your upload
  • Stop work
  • Immediately take your exam questions to Exam Central
  • Time stamp the cover sheet - You have 5 minutes to get this done
  • Hand in the exam questions and your answers
  • You can leave
When you return to the exam room
If your answers uploaded successfully
Have the tech proctor verify the upload before you leave
If your answers do not upload
you must seek assistance from a tech proctor

Not Applicable

You can save time by selecting a seat in the appropriate room before going to Exam Central to pick up the exam. Blue books will be available in the exam rooms. Because students in the same room will end exams at varying times, all are asked to enter and exit quietly.

You will have a total of the time allotted for the exam plus 5 minutes travel time. The allotted time for an exam is indicated in the instruction portion of the exam. Taking more than the allotted time plus the 5 minute travel period, known as a "late clock," will result in a lowering of your grade. To illustrate: if an instructor allotted 3 hours for an exam, the elapsed time difference between the start of the exam and the "Clock In" stamp must not exceed 3 hours and 5 minutes. You are responsible for keeping track of your own time, so bring a reliable watch and use it to note the time the time the exam was started and when it should be returned.

During free slots, as always, all students are bound by the Code of Student Conduct.

Take Home Exams

Take Home exams are listed in an addendum to the examination schedule. A professor who elects to give a take home exam will usually announce in class:

  1. when and where the exam will be handed out (e.g. during the last class, or a specified date in Exam Central) and
  2. the deadline for returning the completed exam.

Take home exams are distributed in color coded envelopes, and must be returned in that envelope along with the exam questions.

All take home exams must be returned to Exam Central prior to the deadline indicated on the exam. In Exam Central, a table will be set up with signs indicating that it is for distribution and collection of take home exams. The take home exam table operates whenever Exam Central is open. Unless otherwise instructed on the exam cover, a take home exam must be returned to Exam Central no later than 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and no later than 6:00 pm on Friday. If you intend to return a take home exam at the end of the day on a Friday, you must arrive before 6:00 pm. Exam Central is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Some take home exams are "Clocked Out" and timed, such as a 24 hour take home, or a 74 hour take home. You must "Clock In" a timed take home exam when you return it to Exam Central. Other take home exams are not clocked out because they are made available to all students simultaneously and the same fixed deadline for turning in the exam (e.g., 8:00 pm on December 8th) applies to all students. In the latter case, the exam will only be clocked in if it is returned later than the deadline.

No special distribution or collection arrangements will be made to accommodate a student's work schedule or other personal obligations. A take home exam will not be distributed or accepted by fax or e-mail because of a long distance drive or work obligations unless warranted by an emergency.

Any time a problem arises during the course of a take home exam, especially if a late return is anticipated, you should contact the Associate Dean for Students at (215) 204-8574. Do not contact the instructor.

Take home exams that are being submitted late must still be turned in at Exam Central. If the reason for lateness was exceptional and you could not have been anticipated or avoided it, please explain the circumstances to the Exam Supervisor.

Penalties for Late Submission of Unscheduled and Take Home Exams

In keeping with the anonymous grading system at Temple Law School, all clock sheets are separated from the exams before the exams are given to the professor. Therefore, grades are assigned by the professor with no knowledge of late clock ins or any other circumstances surrounding the exam. The clock sheets are reviewed at a later time and penalties are determined for late clock ins and failures to clock in. The Associate Dean for Students communicates the findings and the penalty to the student in writing.

In the event that an Unscheduled (Free Slot) Exam or Deferred Exam is clocked in late, the grade assigned by the instructor will be reduced automatically to the next grade point value on the grade scale (e.g., from a B [3.00] to a B- [2.67]) for every ten minutes or part thereof that the exam is late. If the instructor has assigned a grade of D or higher, the grade will not be reduced below a D as the result of lateness. For example, on a 3 hour exam, if the elapsed period between the start of the exam and the clock in time stamped on the cover page of the exam was 3 hours and 17 minutes, then the exam is 12 minutes late. The grade would then be automatically reduced by two grade point values on the grading scale (e.g., from a B [3.00] to a C+ [2.33]) since the lateness exceeded one 10 minute period and carried into a second.

If a Take Home Exam is returned late, the grade assigned by the instructor will be reduced automatically to the next grade point value on the grade scale for the first hour or part thereof that the exam is returned to Exam Central beyond the deadline. Thereafter, an additional grade reduction of one grade point value will be imposed for each ten minutes or part thereof that the exam is more than one hour late. If the instructor has assigned a grade of D or higher, the grade will not be reduced below a D as the result of lateness.