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How is an OLAF exam run?

  1. The Exams Office arrange invigilation and technical support.
  2. Students log into Blackboard using Respondus LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam and await further instructions.
  3. 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.
  4. Each question is displayed on a separate page.
  5. Students can move backwards and forwards through the exam using the next and previous buttons or the ‘Question Completion Status‘ bar.
  6. If students have any problems during the exam, the invigilators and computing officers assist.

Randomised tests

On request, we can randomise the order in which the questions in an OLAF exam 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 questions makes checking the exam before it takes place trickier. You might need to allow extra set up time if using this option.