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Laptop Exam Information

Students who plan to take in-class essay exams on laptop must install the most current version of the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) software.

The current version of EBB is v. 4.00.0010 (Windows) and v. 2.07.0014 (Mac). The version number can be found at the bottom of the Welcome screen in EBB. If *new* versions of EBB are released, an announcement will be made on M Law Live.

The current version of the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) exam software is available from the EBB download and information website.

Instructions for Downloading, Installing, Testing, and Configuring EBB are available on the EBB website, as well as EBB General Information, EBB FAQs, Laptop Settings for EBB exams, and EBB Safety Tips.

There is not a specific EBB installation deadline, but we strongly urge you to update to the most current version of EBB and test EBB in both Blocked and Unblocked modes well before your first laptop exam so that the IT staff can assist you if you encounter problems. The IT Help Desks are located in Legal Research 331 (behind the Reading Room Information Desk) (Monday-Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm) and the Law Library, Room S110A (Monday-Friday; 8:30-11:30am).

IMPORTANT REMINDER for Laptop Exam Takers: Please check your email during the exam period! If there is a problem printing your exam, the Law School's Office of Student Records will notify you via email the same day to bring in your laptop for exam recovery.

Laptop computers are a very important tool for law students. The vast majority of students use them to write answers to essay questions on in-class examinations. If you are not already comfortable typing on a keyboard, we recommend that you take steps to become so in order to give yourself the option of using a laptop for in-class essay examinations. If you choose not to use a laptop computer for examinations, you will be permitted to hand write your answers (See Section III. Hand Writing Exam Guidelines of Taking Law School Exams).
 


  1. Exam Identification Numbers
  2. Preparation for the Final Exam Period
    Laptop Exams
    1. EBB Installation
    2. USB Flash Drives -- One flash drive per exam period will be provided at your first EBB laptop exam and must be returned at your last EBB laptop exam for the exam period.     
    3. What to Do in the Event of a Computer Problem at an Exam
    4. EBB Number of Essay Sections
  3. Blocked / Unblocked Laptop Exams
    Wireless Cards ON During Blocked AND Unblocked Exams
  4. Wireless Cards
  5. Laptop Exam Guidelines re: Hardware
  6. Renting or Borrowing Laptops for Laptop Exams
  7. Questions

I. Exam Identification Numbers
You must use your Exam ID number (not your name) to identify yourself at your exams. You have a different Exam ID for each exam; please bring the associated Exam ID with you to each of your exams. To view a list of your Exam IDs, visit the Law School's Office of Student Records' website at: www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/registration. Click on "Exams" then "Exam IDs Login"; enter your unique name and password at the login page; click on "My Exams/Exam IDs."

Your Exam ID consists of the letter "E" followed by a 5-digit number. During a laptop exam, when Electronic Bluebook (EBB) prompts you to enter your Exam ID, please be sure to type the "E" as well as the number.

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II. Preparation for the Final Exam Period
Information on "Taking Law School Exams" (general, laptop, and handwriting exam guidelines for in-class exams, as well as information regarding take-home exams and scheduling special examinations) is available at the "Exams" link on the Law School's Office of Student Records' website.

Please consult the appropriate term's Final Exam Schedule for the date, time, and room(s) that have been assigned to each of your exams. The Final Exam Schedule is posted on the Law School's Office of Student Records' website, in the lobby of the Office of Student Records (300 HH), and on the Hutchins Hall first-floor bulletin board (across from the elevator).

Laptop Exams
The University of Michigan Law School encourages students to take their in-class exams on laptop computers. If you are planning to exercise this option, you must install the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) software on your laptop.

Wireless users: EBB should automatically take you to the Submit Exams website at the conclusion of the exam. Create a bookmark in your web browser or place a link on your desktop to the Submit Exams website now for use in the event that EBB does not automatically redirect you to it: http://web.law.umich.edu/submitexams/. After a laptop exam ends, prior to removing your flash drive, please upload your exam file from your flash drive to the Submit Exams website, EVEN IF you get a green screen which indicates that your exam saved to the Law School network. If necessary, reestablish a Network connection after the exam has ended so that you can complete this important step.

In the exam room, do not click the "Start Exam" button in EBB until the proctor gives this direction.

Only one laptop per student is allowed in the exam room.

Make sure that your laptop AC power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet.

1. EBB Installation

To take in-class exams on laptop, you must use a laptop on which the current EBB software has been installed. You can download the EBB software at the EBB website: http://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/informationtechnology/laptops/EBB/Pages/default.aspx. Please see the EBB website for EBB General Information, Technical and Minimum System Requirements, and "Installation Instructions."

The Electronic Bluebook (EBB) program is available on flash drive for students who are unable to download EBB through the Internet. Please bring your laptop to an IT Help Desk for assistance. The IT Help Desks are located in Legal Research 331 (behind the Reading Room Information Desk) (Monday-Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm) and the Law Library, Room S110A (Monday-Friday; 8:30-11:30am).

Following ALL of the instructions on the EBB website under "Installation Instructions" (including testing EBB and configuring laptop settings) is strongly recommended for safe exam taking. The 4 steps for Downloading, Installing, Testing, and Configuring the Windows version of EBB are: (1) Download and Install EBB, (2) Test Blocked & Unblocked EBB, (3) Configure Laptop Exam Power Settings Profile, and(4) Disable Screensaver and Hibernation. Mac EBB users: please just download, install, and test EBB.

If you have installed EBB on your laptop, you can still change your mind about taking an exam on laptop -- up until the day of the exam -- and hand write an exam instead. You may bring blue books to the Laptop exam room and hand write your exam.


The most current version of EBB -- v. 4.00.0010 (Windows) and v. 2.07.0014 (Mac) -- must be used by students who plan to type their in-class essay exams.


To be prepared to take laptop exams, beyond installing and testing the EBB software, please:

Please see the EBB website for detailed instructions for Laptop Settings for EBB exams for Windows and Mac.

    We cannot stress enough how important it is to configure your settings for laptop exams to minimize the chance of your laptop freezing during the exam. Most problems that students experience during a laptop exam are caused by incorrect settings.

    2. USB Flash Drives

    Students must save their EBB exam on a USB flash drive.

    Guidelines for using a flash drive at a laptop exam:

    • One flash drive per exam period will be distributed in the exam room to each student. Students should use the same flash drive throughout the exam period. Receive a flash drive from the proctor at your first EBB laptop exam and return the flash drive to the proctor at your last EBB laptop exam for the exam period. Retain all of your EBB exam files on the flash drive.
    • At midterms and early final exams that occur prior to the regular exam period, the proctor will distribute and collect flash drives at the same exam.
    • In the exam room, Windows EBB users and Mac EBB users will insert the flash drive into a USB port on their laptop at different times. Windows EBB users should insert the flash drive before opening EBB and Mac EBB users should insert the flash drive after exiting EBB.
    • At the student input screen in EBB, Windows EBB users and Mac EBB users will select different file-saving locations from the drop-down menu. Windows EBB users should select the drive-letter for the flash drive and Mac EBB users should select their hard drive.
    • At the conclusion of the exam, please upload your exam file from the flash drive to the Submit Exams website prior to removing the flash drive.
    • Mac EBB users ONLY: After exiting the EBB typing screen, you will be prompted to insert the flash drive and the DOT on the screen should turn GREEN to indicate that the flash drive is recognized; click "Next" and your SCREEN should turn GREEN to indicate that your exam file saved to your computer, the Law School network, and the flash drive; you may proceed to upload the exam file from the flash drive to the Submit Exams website. If the DOT on the screen remains RED after you insert the flash drive, click "Skip" and your screen will turn YELLOW. A yellow screen indicates that your exam file did not save to one of the expected locations. If the exam file does NOT automatically save to the flash drive, please manually copy the exam file from your hard drive to the flash drive, and then upload the exam file to the Submit Exams website.
    • If this is your last EBB laptop exam for the exam period, please hand-in the flash drive to the proctor.

    3. What to Do in the Event of a Computer Problem at an Exam

    Windows:
    Students can use the EBB Recovery Feature. If your laptop crashes during the exam and EBB restarts, EBB will present you with the following message:


    Ensure your exam is selected from the dropdown menu, then click the "Re-enter Exam" button to resume your exam.

    Mac:



    Click "Yes." EBB should resume the exam.

    In an effort to minimize the instances where students who intended to type their exam in EBB must resort to hand writing in bluebooks due to laptop failure at an exam, the Law School offers students the opportunity to type the remainder of their exam in EBB. Students may choose to continue hand writing their exam in bluebooks if they wish -- bluebooks will be available from the proctor at laptop exams in case of laptop failure.

    Please note: It may still be necessary to continue hand writing the exam in bluebooks, but we will make our best effort to allow students to type the remainder of the exam in EBB.

    a. Computer Problems PRIOR to the Start of the Exam:

    If you receive a drive error message you should try a new flash drive if you have one (please obtain one from the proctor). If you still receive an error message, if EBB won't open, or if the laptop crashes prior to the start of the exam, you may elect to obtain a Computer-Problem Form from the proctor that you will take to the Registrar's Office for assistance. You should not leave the exam room with any paper exam materials. You should:

    • return to the proctor any paper exam materials that you received;
    • obtain a completed Computer-Problem Form from the proctor;
    • collect your belongings (including laptop and flash drive) and report to the Office of Student Records (300 HH).

    b. Computer Problems DURING the Exam:

    LIMITATION: You only have the option to type the remainder of your exam in EBB until 30 minutes prior to the end of the exam. If computer problems occur when there are LESS THAN 30 minutes left in the exam, you must obtain bluebooks from the proctor and continue hand writing your exam (LawIT assistance will be provided after the exam has ended).

    In order to be eligible for the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB, you MUST try the EBB Recovery Feature at least once. The EBB Recovery Feature allows students to restart their laptop, re-open EBB, and continue typing from where they left off. If the EBB Recovery Feature does not work (i.e., laptop will not restart, EBB will not re-open, OR the previously typed text does not reappear [YOUR WORK IS PROBABLY NOT LOST], then you may elect to obtain a Computer-Problem Form from the proctor that you will take to the Office of Student Records for assistance. LawIT staff will recover and print the previously typed portion of the exam and best efforts will be made to provide you with the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB. You should not leave the exam room with any paper exam materials (an Office of Student Records' staff member will retrieve them from the proctor). You should:

    • return to the proctor any paper exam materials that you received;
    • obtain a completed Computer-Problem Form from the proctor;
    • collect your belongings (including laptop and flash drive) and report to the Office of Student Records (300 HH).

    In the event of laptop failure, you may choose to continue hand writing in bluebooks instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB. Bluebooks will be available from the proctor for this purpose. You may obtain bluebooks from the proctor, return to your seat, and continue hand writing your exam.

    c. Computer Problems at the END of the Exam:

    LawIT staff will be available to assist you in the exam room after the exam has ended.

    Caution: There is no guarantee that your exam answers will always be recoverable in every situation -- this is true no matter what computer testing program you use. Any time you use a computer you take some risk of an error occurring that cannot be corrected regardless of the best efforts made.

    4. EBB Number of Essay Sections

    Prior to the start of a laptop exam, the proctor will tell you the "number of essay sections." If the exam has more than one part (i.e., a multiple-choice part followed by an essay part), the "number of essay sections" refers to the number of EBB section tabs needed for the essay part of the exam. You must input this number when logging into a laptop exam. If the number is 1, your EBB screen will not have section tabs and you will be expected to place page breaks between your exam answers. If the number is 2 or higher, your EBB screen will have section tabs, and you will be directed to enter your answers in one of two ways: (1) one question per section tab (i.e., type answer to question 1 in "Section 1" tab, type answer to question 2 in "Section 2" tab, etc.); OR refer to exam copy for specific groupings of questions per section tab (i.e., type answer to question 1 in "Section 1" tab, type answers to questions 2, 3 & 4 in "Section 2" tab).

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    III. Blocked/Unblocked Laptop Exams
    Each professor chooses whether the Blocked or Unblocked version of the EBB software will be used at their exam. Consult the Final Exam Schedule to find out if an exam is Blocked or Unblocked.

    Blocked = locks you out of the rest of your computer during the exam

    Unblocked = allows access to files on your computer during the exam (i.e., you can access notes for research)

    If you have a wireless card, please turn it ON for both types of exams (Blocked AND Unblocked).

    In the exam room, as soon as possible, students with wireless cards should connect to one of the following wireless networks so that the exam can be saved to the Law School network:

                                    MWireless -or- MGuest

     

    Connect/log-in to a wireless network prior to opening EBB. Do NOT click the "Start Exam" button in EBB until the proctor gives this direction.

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    IV. Wireless Cards
    Wireless cards are not required, but they are strongly recommended. Wireless cards are recommended so that your exam can be uploaded to the Submit Exams website and saved to the Law School network. Regardless of wireless connectivity, exams are saved to your hard drive automatically every 30 seconds during an exam, to the flash drive every 15 minutes, and to your hard drive and flash drive at the end of an exam. Without a wireless card, you will be unable to upload your exam file from your flash drive to the Submit Exams website at the end of the exam and your exam will not save to the Law School network.

    Electronic communication between students is strictly prohibited at all exams.

    Internet access is normally not permitted during any exam (unless it is specifically stated as allowed). At exams that prohibit Internet access, students are on their honor to not access information on the Internet during the exam.

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    V. Laptop Exam Guidelines re: Hardware

    • Please see the EBB website under "EBB General Information" for technical and minimum system requirements.
    • Make sure your laptop is in working condition and you are familiar with its operation before the day of the exam.
    • We are not requiring wireless cards, although we do strongly recommend them. [See supra part IV. regarding wireless cards.]
    • Bring your laptop AC power cord and plug it in. Do not rely on your battery!
    • Make sure your battery is fully charged, in case you need it as a back-up.
    • Please mute your speaker volume before the start of an exam.
    • Your laptop must have a USB port so that you can save your exam to a USB flash/pen drive. [See supra section II.2. regarding flash drives.]
    • One flash drive per exam period will be provided at your first EBB laptop exam and must be returned at your last EBB laptop exam for the exam period.
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    VI. Renting or Borrowing Laptops for Laptop Exams

    • Students are responsible for providing their own equipment.
    • If you do not have a laptop or yours is broken, consider renting a laptop or borrowing one from a friend.
    • Resource for renting laptops: Computer Alley -- 4395 Jackson Rd. Phone: 734.769.8230

    WARNING:

    • Rented or Borrowed Laptops: If you are renting or borrowing a laptop to take exams, please see an IT staff member to move all exams taken on that laptop to the network before returning the laptop to its owner or vendor.

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    VII. Questions
    If you have any questions please contact Jane Ozanich by phone at 734.763.3419 or by email at jozanich@umich.edu.

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