Electronic Exams (eExams)

Monash is progressively rolling out online exams and assessment. They are called eExams and are delivered through a new, engaging Moodle interface. Created and marked by your teaching staff, eExams can apply to both in-semester assessment tasks and end-of-semester exams.

You'll know if your exam is paper-based or online by checking your exam timetable. Next to each unit code is an indicator:

  • PAPER
  • E-EXAM

Advantages

Online assessments provide a more engaging experience than using paper. Other advantages include:

  • easier editing options (e.g. cut and paste) and no more writing cramps
  • a more environmentally-friendly alternative to paper
  • the use of multimedia better reflects real-life scenarios that can't be replicated on paper
  • can support students with special needs (enlarging text, integration with some assistive software)
  • allows for a greater variety of question formats and multimedia to assess your knowledge, including:
    • multiple choice
    • matching and labelling
    • drag and drop
    • use of images and video
    • maths equations, chemical structures, programming languages.

What to expect

Online exams are held in designated computer labs in Monash and will be supervised (invigilated). Check your exam timetable in the Web Enrolment System (WES) for venue details. eExams don't have separate reading or noting time. It's incorporated into the overall exam time. Once exam time starts, you login and begin.

All eExams use a LAN connection. Technical support staff are available to assist you with any password reset or technical problems, including backup laptops.

Multi-factor authentication won't be applied to desktops/laptops used for exams, so don't worry about this if you've opted in already.

  • Unless your school instructs otherwise, you'll be provided with a Monash desktop computer.
  • The exams are run in an enhanced version of Moodle Quiz.
  • You access your results in the usual way.

Moodle Quiz

Moodle Quiz is the software used for eExams. We have worked with Monash students to improve the interface. You simply login using your Monash username and password to access your eExams.

Features include:

  • a timer to let you know how much time you have left
  • a progress bar
  • the ability to easily identify and access unanswered questions
  • an auto save every thirty seconds to reduce the risk of any lost responses
  • split screen view for long-answer questions
  • a notes section for each question so you can structure your responses - your notes aren't assessed as part of your exam

Question types are currently limited to:

  • multiple choice
  • short answer
  • long answer
  • image labelling.

A spell check (British English) feature is available. While misspelt words will be underlined, there’s no auto-correct or suggestion features. Confirm with your unit teaching staff if spell check will be available for your eExam.

Desktops

To maintain academic integrity, the desktops are configured to disable features like access to the internet and other unauthorised software, using a locked down browser.

In the unforeseen event that a computer freezes, you need to notify an exam supervisor (invigilator) as soon as possible by raising your hand. The invigilator will supply you with a backup laptop and you can pick up from the latest auto saved response (every thirty seconds).

Supporting you

We know that exams can be a stressful time and the last thing you want to worry about is walking into the unknown. Be assured, we've got you covered.

Before the exam

To get you familiar with how eExams work, there are a few things you can do.

During the exam

  • A single page Quick Reference Guide is provided on each desk.
  • Technical support staff are available to assist you with any technical problems.
  • Backup laptops will be provided in case of technical problems.

Alternative arrangements

If you have special needs and require assistance, please contact Disability Support Services.

Contacts

Student Administration

Telephone: +603 - 5514 5880
Email: malaysia-studentservices@monash.edu
Location: Building 2 Level 2