Computer-based exams

In 2018, the University started moving selected assessments to computer-based online exams, instead of hand-written paper-based exams.

The benefits of computer-based exams include:

  • It's easier for students to type and edit their answers;
  • It's easier for markers to read answers; 
  • We use less paper;

The rules for a computer-based exam are the same as a paper-based exam, so make sure that you are familiar with the general Examination Instructions and Regulations which apply.

Here you’ll find helpful information about the things you need to prepare or do differently from paper-based exams.

Preparing for your computer-based exam

1. Choose which computer you will use

A computer-based exam will take place in a computer lab and we will make sure that there are sufficient desks for everyone. You have the choice to either use your own laptop, or a University computer.

If you want to use your own laptop, please check that it is compatible with the DigiExam software. Using a tablet (iPad or Android) will not be allowed.

2. Download DigiExam

If you’re using your own laptop, before exam day download the DigiExam software.

You do not need to register for DigiExam prior to the exam. On the day of the exam, you will be allowed into the room 15 minutes early to allow time to register for your exam.

3. Complete a practice exam

Your lecturer will provide you with details of a practice exam during the semester so that you can get familiar with the DigiExam system. There is also a Demo exam feature within the software that you can use any time. We highly recommend that you practice before your exam day so that you are familiar with how your exam will work on the day.

Sitting your Computer-based exam

Before you arrive 

If you are using your own laptop, please make sure that it is sufficiently charged for the exam.

You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your exam start time. If you aren’t familiar with the locations of the University computer labs, you may want to allow extra time to find the room.

If you are using a University computer, arriving earlier will give you sufficient time to log on to the lab computer and load the software, which could take up to 10 minutes.

In the exam 

1. Connect to Wi-Fi

Connect to “UoA-WIFI’, as any other connection will automatically time out.

2. Register for your exam

Your exam supervisor will explain to you how to register for your exam. You can watch this video now for an overview of how registration works.

Once you are registered, you will wait for the exam supervisor before pressing the Start button.

3. Get comfortable

We will also provide ear plugs so you don’t get distracted by others using keyboards.

If you want paper to take your own notes please ask your exam supervisor.

4. Start your exam

When your group are ready to start the exam the supervisor will let you know and you can press the Start button.

DigiExam will shut down any open applications on your computer, and you will no longer have access to other applications until you hand in your exam. Make sure that you have saved and closed anything that is important to you before you start the exam.

5. Hand in your exam
Once you have handed in your exam using the Hand in button, you will receive a receipt notification both on CANVAS and via your registered email address saying you have handed in your answers.

After your exam

After your exam has been graded and your results have been published, you can view your results via Canvas and DigiExam

Need help?

If you have any questions on computer-based exams, you should speak to your lecturer or contact Alternatively, more information is available on the DigiExam website.

For any exceptional circumstances that you feel prevent you from using a computer, please email a minimum of three weeks prior to your exam.

If you are currently registered as needing special conditions in any of your exams, please email to verify your existing requirement for computer-based exam.


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