Category Archives: 4. The exam

How is an OLAF exam run?

  1. The Exams Office arrange invigilation and technical support.
  2. The computers in the exam room are ‘locked down
  3. Students log into Blackboard and navigate to the exam and await further instructions.
  4. When the exam starts, students are instructed to turn over a printed slip to find a secret password that allows them to start the exam itself.
  5. Each question is displayed on a separate page.
  6. Students can move backwards and forwards through the exam using the next and previous buttons or the ‘Question Completion Status‘ bar.
  7. If students have any problems during the exam, the invigilators and computing officers assist.

Changing the password for an exam

For an official OLAF exam, the password is changed after half an hour. This means that if a student leaves the room, they cannot access the test with the original password (they need to talk to the invigilator).

If you are managing the test yourselves, e.g. for a resit or extraordinary sitting, you may wish to do this yourself. (Contact first if you need help setting up a copy of the exam).

To change the password:

1. Locate the test in the course.

2. Hover over the drop down menu to the right of the assignment name. Use the drop down arrow to the right of the test name to access the  ‘Edit Settings‘ option.

3. Scroll down to 2.Test Availability, the last item is the password (see screenshot below). Make the change and scroll down and click Submit.



Randomised tests

On request, we can randomise the order in which the exam questions appear to students. This can be:

  • Completely randomised. Students would see the test in an entirely different order.
  • Randomised in sections. For example, there might be a section on Marx followed by a section on Hegel. Students would see the sections in the same order, but questions within each section in a different order

Randomising the test does prohibit certain post exam reporting, particularly the Attempt Statistics report if you randomise in blocks. It also makes checking the exam before it takes place trickier. You might need to allow extra set up time if using this option.