Course Portal Takeaway Exams FAQ

1.) How do I know if my course has a Takeaway Exam?
2.) How do I sign-out an exam?
3.) How do I submit an exam?
4.) My deadline has passed! What do I do now?
5.) Help! I have an error message and am unable to submit my exam!

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1.) How do I know if my course has a Takeaway Exam?
Your Course Portal home page and course site will be updated to display a link to the Takeaway Exam tool. This link will appear the moment your course has a Takeaway Exam assigned to it, but you will not be able to check-out and start the exam until the date designated by your instructor. CP Start Page
Course Portal Start Page Link
Course Site Page
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2.) How do I sign-out an exam?
First, make certain that the exam is available and that you can complete the exam in the time alloted to you. Signing-out your exam is not undoable! If the exam is available for sign-out, the "Sign-out My Exam Now" button will be visible. Clicking it will immediately sign the exam out and allow you to download/view the exam. Your deadline will be presented to you and accounts for any exam duration limit. You can leave this page and return to submit your exam responses any time before the deadline.

If your exam has a duration limit, your deadline is determined by taking the current day and time and adding the appropriate number of hours. Then, your personal deadline is the earliest of this calculated deadline and the deadline for the exam. If your exam does not have a duration limit, then your response must be received before the deadline.

For instance: Sally has an exam which is available from July 1st at 8:00 AM and ends July 8th at 6:00 PM, with an exam duration of 24 hours. If Sally signs out the exam on July 2nd at 9:00 AM, her completed exam must be received before July 3rd at 9:00 AM. Let us suppose that Sally is a major procrastinator and does not sign out the exam until July 8th at 11:00 AM. Her exam response must be returned by 6:00 PM that day - she has only 7 hours to finish! Before sign-out
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3.) How do I submit an exam?
Once you sign out an exam, you are presented with the option to submit your completed exam. Using the Browse or Choose File button, select your completed exam file. Be certain this is the correct and complete file, as you cannot change your response after submitting. After selecting your file, press the Submit Completed Exam button. You should see the success message below - otherwise, see Help! I have an error message! for means of resolving the issue.

IMPORTANT: After you have uploaded your exam answer, the system will give you an opportunity to open the file you submitted to ensure that it was what you intended to submit. It is your responsibility to notify the Registrar's office (at examhelp@law.upenn.edu) immediately of any problems with what you uploaded.

After Exam Submission
After exam submission

NOTE: A limited number of takeaway exams will require that you submit your completed exam in person to the Registrar's office rather than online. If this applies to your course, it will be noted in the Special Instructions when you view your exam details (and you will not be given the option to submit your exam online). Some courses may issue the takeaway exam in class - in those cases, you will not be able to download an exam file from this system.

4.) My deadline has passed! What do I do now?
The Takeaway Exam system will not allow you to submit your response if the deadline for your exam has passed. You must contact the Registrar's office immediately to discuss the situation.

5.) Help! I have an error message and am unable to submit my exam!
The following list of errors and fixes should help with most issues you encounter. If your error is not on this list and you are unable to upload your exam, please contact the Registrar's office at Examhelp@law.upenn.edu.