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Laptop Exams

General Information
The University of Michigan Law School uses Electronic Bluebook software (aka EBB) for taking laptop exams. The approved versions of EBB work on laptops running Windows and Mac operating systems configured to use English-United States language and regional settings. If your laptop is set up to run in a language other than English, you must change the language setting to "English" and the regional settings to "United States". If you have a foreign version of Windows installed on your laptop, contact LawIT to make sure that your laptop is set up properly.

Technical and Minimum System Requirements
To run EBB effectively, your laptop must meet or exceed the following minimum hardware specifications:
  • 800MHz processor (600MHz if laptop only has EBB and MS Word installed)
  • 256MB RAM (memory)
  • USB port to accommodate a USB flash drive
  • Wireless network card (to save your exams to the network)
  • 1024 x 768 or larger screen resolution
Features of EBB

Automatic Backups
EBB automatically saves backup copies of your exam answer(s) to a file on your laptop's hard drive every 30 seconds and to your flash drive every 30 minutes to protect against loss of an answer in the event of a computer problem. Backup files are also saved on the network approximately every three (3) minutes if you use the network option. These backup files can be recovered from your computer later if necessary (e.g. if the flash drive with your exam on it gets lost or corrupted).

Exam Identifier
EBB automatically inserts your exam identifier and course information on each page of your exam, so you do not need to type this information on each page.

Automatic Timer
EBB provides a timer, page counter, line counter, and word counter so that you can keep track of your time and place in the exam.

Cut and Paste (NOT Copy)
EBB allows you to cut and paste (NOT copy) portions of your answer within EBB (not into or out of EBB) using shortcut keys or the cut and paste formatting buttons located at the top of the typing screen. EBB does not allow you to drag and drop blocks of text using your mouse.  Important:  there is no copy functionality in EBB.

Function Buttons
EBB allows you to underline, bold, and italicize text using the buttons at the top of the typing screen or shortcut keys Ctrl-U, Ctrl-B and Ctrl-I. In addition, the standard keys on your keyboard for punctuation will work as normal. EBB will not, however, allow you to use any function keys, macros, templates, or keyboard shortcuts available in Word, WordPerfect, or other word-processing programs (other than the ones specifically designated as included in EBB).

Blocked and Unblocked Modes
BLOCKED
EBB does not allow you to switch to other programs or review any files or directories on your computer while you are typing in EBB. If you exit the program to review other files, you will not be allowed to return to the previously typed exam answer. UNBLOCKED EBB, however, does allow you to view other files on your computer while you are in EBB.

No Spell Check Function
EBB does not provide a spell check function (this feature is not available to non-typists).

Undo and Redo Buttons
EBB provides Undo and Redo functions, using buttons located at the top of the typing screen or keystrokes Ctrl-Z for undo and Ctrl-Y for redo, to restore accidental deletions. The Undo and Redo functions will restore up to 10 prior actions or keystrokes.

New Page Function
Each page allows 24 lines of text. You should start a new answer on a new page by clicking on the New Page button located at the top of the typing screen, or pressing Ctrl-N.

Automatic Formatting
Your typed answer will print out in a double-spaced Courier format even though it appears in a single-spaced format on your screen as you type. You do not need to manually double-space your exam answer(s). Additionally, you should not hit a hard return at the end of each line. Instead, let EBB wrap on the screen for you, because when EBB prints it will interpret a hard return as a new paragraph.

Exam Questions Not Contained in EBB
The exam questions are not contained in EBB. You will be given a paper copy of the exam to work from just like the non-typing students. Unless instructed otherwise, you should return the exam questions to the proctor when you finish your exam. You need not retype the exam questions into your exam unless your professor has specifically requested that you do so.

Finishing and Saving Your Exam
During the exam, you will follow the step-by-step instructions given by the proctor.

When you are done with your exam, click the Finish Exam button at the bottom of the typing screen, or press Ctrl-F. These are the only ways to exit the program (don't worry if you accidentally click the Finish button during your exam because you will be given a chance to return to your exam on the next screen.) Once you have exited the program, you will not be allowed to return to your answer to modify it because the files are encrypted for security purposes.

When you exit the program, EBB automatically saves your final exam in an encrypted format on your hard disk and 2 copies on your flash drive. EBB will upload the final version of your exam to the network (if you have chosen that option and your wireless connection is working properly) and then will redirect you to the Submit Exams Web site so that you can manually upload your exam file to the network (as an extra backup precaution).

You will get either a green or yellow screen after you exit EBB. The green screen indicates that your exam was saved to network and disk successfully. If you are saving to flash drive only (saving to the network is not required), you will get a yellow screen. A yellow screen will also appear if there has been any problem saving to the network or to your flash drive. DO NOT WORRY IF YOU RECEIVE THE YELLOW SCREEN BECAUSE YOUR EXAM HAS BEEN SAVED TO YOUR LAPTOP'S HARD DRIVE. The LawIT staff will work with you to recover your exam answer from your laptop, the network, or your flash drive. If your final screen color is yellow and you intended for your exam to be saved to the network, note that and the problem described on the screen (network, flash drive, or both) on your flash drive and then turn in your flash drive to the proctor. If the screen indicates an error saving to your flash drive, ask a LawIT staff member in your classroom for assistance.

Important Notes
Rented or Borrowed Laptops:
If you are renting or borrowing a laptop to take EBB 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.

Pay attention to e-mail sent from the Registrar's/Records Office:
If there is a problem printing your exam, the Registrar's Office will notify you via e-mail and/or phone the same day to bring your laptop in for exam recovery.
 
 
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