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Questions and answers about home exams

Below you will find answers on how to prepare for a digital home exam, what you do if you have technical problems, how to cite your sources and how to scan with your mobile. You will also find information about what to do if you get sick or need extra time during exams.

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Exams autumn 2020 and spring 2021 are mostly home exams, but a few exams will be held as school exams. Check the StudentWeb for information about this. The dates are published 15. December.

We must try to avoid contamination at campus, and the capacity in the examination rooms is limited. Exams that are planned as school exams may therefore be converted to home exams. The exam regulations section 1-5 pt. 1 states the following:​ 

No changes may be made to the forms of testing during the academic year. Rector does however have the authority to make these changes if this is deemed urgently needed.

This means that your faculty may change the form of exam from school exam to home exam during the semester. Contact them if you have any questions.

You log on with your UiS-username and password, use this link: You log on with your Feide-user.

It is important to check if you have the necessary equipment and that your network is functioning. Remember to update your browser, and check that you have the correct browser. Google Chrome is the best browser for Inspera. You can read about digital home exam here.

If the exam lasts for several days, you write the exam in Word, for example. Then you convert it to a pdf-file, and hand in the paper in Inspera or Canvas by uploading the paper. You do not have to be logged on to Inspera during the whole exam, only when reading the questions and when uploading the paper.

In some cases (especially for students at the Faculty of Science and Technology) you need to write the exam on paper, take a picture of it and deliver it as one pdf-file. You will be notified about this in advance.

You will find information about which system to use for each exam in Canvas or in the StudentWeb.

If the exam lasts a few hours only, you will either write the exam directly in Inspera in a text box, as you would during a digital school exam, or you write in Word and upload it to Inspera afterwards, as a PDF-file. Remember to save the text when writing in Word.

If you write the exam directly in Inspera, you hand in the paper by clicking on ‘’deliver now’’.  The text is saved automatically every 15 seconds.

The exam will automatically close for uploading when the time is up. Remember that the time given includes the time it will take you to scan and upload your documents

You contact the person listed in the information page in the question paper.

If you have problems uploading the file, you can send it by e-mail to the contact person listed in the information page.

No, you have access to all programs during the exam.

Your paper is saved automatically every 15. seconds when writing the exam directly in the text box in Inspera. Yet, we recommend you to save the text in a Word document before handing it in, to ensure that you have a back-up.

All aids are available, but remember that your work is supposed to be independent, and all papers will be checked for plagiarism.

During individual home exams it is not permitted to communicate with others about the question paper, or to work on an answer together.

  • If the home exam lasts several days you must cite your sources.
  • If the home exam lasts a few hours only, you are not expected to cite your sources, except for direct quotes. If you are not given exact instructions for citing sources in the information page, it is sufficient that you write it like this: Tom Olsen, 2019 p. 45
  • All papers will be checked for plagiarism. It is considered cheating/plagiarism if you do not cite your sources in papers where the exam lasts for several days. Check this page for help with referencing.

The questions in a home exam will be different from a school exam. All papers are checked for plagiarism.

The deadline for applying for special arrangements during exams is 01. September for the autumn semester and 01. February for the spring semester. 

If you already have applied and been granted extra time during school exams, you will be granted this extra time during home exams. This applies to home exams that lasts up until 48 hours.

If you need additional extra time during home exams that lasts for more than 48 hours send your application via the Digital Student Service Desk, using the application form called ‘’Application regarding extension of submission date for home-exam, bachelor- or master’s thesis’’. Remember that you must document why you need additional time.

The deadline for withdrawing from an ordinary exam is 14 days before the exam date. You withdraw in the StudentWeb. Contact the administration at your faculty if you need help to withdraw. Please note that if you withdraw from an exam (before the exam) you do not have the right to register for the re-sit exam. To have the right to register for the re-sit exam you need to withdraw during the exam.

The deadline for withdrawing before a re-sit exam is 7 days before the exam.

When the exam has started, you choose the option called ‘’Submit blank’’. If you withdraw during the exam you have the right to register for the re-sit exam. The registration deadline is 20. January for exams held in the autumn semester and 01. August for exams held in the spring semester, You register for the re-sit exam in the StudentWeb

During oral exams you withdraw by meeting for the exam (log on to the system) and declare that you choose to withdraw.

You can register for the re-sit exam when the results from the ordinary exam are published, 3 weeks after the exam.

You can apply for valid absence and submit documentation in the Digital Student Service Desk. The deadline is 5 working days after the exam date. If you are granted valid absence, you can register in the StudentWeb for the re-sit exam.

If you feel ill during the exam and cannot complete it, you must choose to submit blank. Do not hand in your paper unless you want it to be graded. You cannot apply for valid absence if you submit your paper.

The results will be announced in the StudentWeb within 3 weeks from the examination date. If you haven't gotten your results within the deadline or have questions regarding your results, contact your faculty.

The paper is usually handed in as a pdf file. You can choose to write the paper in for example Word, LaTeX, Pages, LibreOffice, or other. You can also write on blank sheets and eventually scan it, and hand it in as a pdf file.

There are numerous programs/apps you can install on your cell phone (both Android and iPhone). Several are free or have a free lite version. Choose one you find generates a satisfactory result and that is easy to use.

Office Lens Android/iPhone Free (recommended)

Dropbox Android/iPhone Free (max 10 pages)

Cam Scanner Android/iPhone

Scannable iPhone

  • Put your answer sheets flat on a well-lit surface (preferably with light from the side), e.g. the floor.
  • Hold the cell directly over the sheets and fill the screen as much as possible.
  • Use the cut-tool to remove any background and adjust the perspective
  • Adjust contrast and lightning to make sure the text is readable. If a pencil does not give you the necessary contrast, use a pen. Remember, you must ensure that the text is readable
  • Most scanning programs have filters to increase readability.
  • Repeat for each sheet.
  • Save as a multiple page PDF.

You can transfer your file to your computer by transferring it to yourself using Bluetooth, your cloud, Wi-Fi or email and then uploading it to Inspera. Alternatively, you can log on to Inspera with your phone and upload your file directly. If you save your file to your phone, make sure you know where on your phone it is saved as you will have to find it to be able to upload it to Inspera.

When you log on to Inspera you will be able to access a demo test. Choose the Demo Home Exam.

During the exam, you will find your exam under “Mine Prøver” or “My tests”.