EXAM INFORMATION
PRESENTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
PREPARING YOUR FINAL EXAM
• A new examination with new questions be prepared for each
examination period, and that old questions not be reused.
Likewise, questions should not be used from examinations
given by other professors or found in published study aids.
Through painful experience we have learned that, however
unlikely, there are no sources which will elude discovery by
some member of the class.
• Once you have made any final announcements regarding
your examination, it is important that you not make any
changes. Students will have begun preparing for your specific
type of exam already and any alterations may render the
students’ work obsolete.
BEFORE YOU DRAFT YOUR EXAM
• Your instructions and limitations, and allowable laptop
usage for in-class exams, should be noted on the cover
of the exam.
• Is it possible for our proctors to enforce your restrictions
on materials used during exams? If you have some
unusual restrictions, please call us in advance so we may
determine if they are enforceable in an exam setting.
BEFORE YOU DRAFT YOUR EXAM
• Please feel free to use specific requirements (word
or page limitations or character counts). Please
note, one single-spaced handwritten exam book
page equals 300 typed words.
• Please proofread your examination with great care.
Once the exam has been copied, any changes will
need to done with an Exam Errata distributed with
your exam.
LAPTOP USAGE DURING IN-CLASS
EXAMS.
• Faculty members may allow students the use of their
hard drives or to search the Internet if (a) the professor is
offering an open book exam, (b) the professor
affirmatively directs the Registrar’s Office to permit this
access, and (c) the professor informs students that this
access will be allowed.
• Access to computer materials and the Internet does not
mean that students may consult one another or any
other person during the exam by computer or other
electronic device. This option is not permitted for
“limited materials” examinations.
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSORS
WHILE THE EXAM IS BEING GIVEN
• The Office of the Registrar no longer fields student
questions about the substance of the exam. The
students are directed to state their assumptions and
to keep working regardless of whether or not there
is a typo or error on the exam itself.
• It has proven too difficult and too inconsistent to
attempt to reach professors with a question during
the administration of their exams. Furthermore, it
disadvantages students who do their questions out
of order or who finish early.
DELIVERY AND PICK-UP OF COMPLETED
EXAMS
• You can expect completed essay exams to be
delivered within one working day of the exam date.
All Saturday exams will be delivered on the
following Monday, unless you contact us to arrange
for an earlier delivery. We will make every attempt
to accommodate your requests.
• The Office of the Registrar does not have resources
during the exam period to make copies of exams.
You will receive the original exams only. If you need
additional copies you will need to make those
arrangements.
DEFERRED EXAMS
• Please refer all student requests for exam deferrals to the
Office of the Registrar. Student requests to professors for
an exam deferral compromises the student’s anonymity.
• The Office of the Registrar has a responsive and wellpublicized exam deferral policy which allows us to assist
students who have supervening circumstances such as
illness or serious personal problems during exams.
• Wrapped with your exams will be a notice advising you
whether any deferred exams have been approved for
your course as of the date of your exam.
EXAM FEEDBACK AND RETURN
• Faculty members are asked to submit all scored
exams and graded papers to the Office of the
Registrar. Under the rules of our accrediting
associations, all papers and exams must be kept on
file at the Law Center for one year.
• When you submit your grades please bring us your
scored exams so that we may make them available
to students who wish to review them. We hold an
Exam Review each semester.
EXAM FEEDBACK AND RETURN
• For each exam given over the course of a semester,
faculty members are encouraged to provide either
(a) a detailed feedback memorandum or (b) a
“best” exam, or a combination of “best” answers
from a number of exams. Please notify us if you DO
NOT want this information posted to the Library.
• Faculty members who choose the “best” exam
option are free to submit more than one “best”
exam to the Office of the Registrar.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
• Please contact Dan Matthews, the Manager of
Exam Administration, at (202) 662-9881 or
[email protected]
• We will gladly cooperate in making special
arrangements to accommodate you and our
students. Thank you for your assistance.