[teknoids] Examsoft Problems

Corey Meingarten cmeinga at uwo.ca
Thu Dec 7 11:17:17 EST 2017

We start exams on Monday. As far as our ExamSoft account manager knows, they haven’t identified the cause of the crashes yet. He recommended having all students reboot their computers before starting an exam. Is anyone already doing that? Has it helped?

Corey Meingarten
Systems Administrator
Faculty of Law
Western University
Law Building Room 236
e. cmeinga at uwo.ca<mailto:cmeinga at uwo.ca>
t. 519.661.2111 (x88441)

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Keith Walton
Sent: December-07-17 11:09 AM
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] Examsoft Problems

We average 60 to 90 percent of our Windows machines locking up during every exam.  It starts about an hour into the exam and only occurs once per machine.  It is easily fixed by a reboot but our students stress levels are way up since they know it’s probably going to happen and all they can do is wait.

Keith A. Walton
Director, Law School Technology
West Virginia University College of Law


From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Starnes, Daniel
Sent: Thursday, December 7, 2017 10:52 AM
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] Examsoft Problems

So, how has the rest of the week gone for everyone as far as Examplify is concerned?

Daniel Starnes
Student Network Systems Manager
California Western School of Law<http://www.cwsl.edu/>
San Diego, CA
dstarnes at cwsl.edu<mailto:dstarnes at cwsl.edu>

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Nelson, Stephen
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] Examsoft Problems

Day one was mostly uneventful.

270 exams submitted – 60% Mac / %40 Win
Windows – less than 5 users had service not started – start the service, all good
Mac – less than 10 user hung on exit – reboot resolved issue, exams uploaded
Network – lots of issues with Examplify starting upload before network reconnected. Had students click on browser and check network. All exams submitted.

Overall, a nice start. Everyone who started in Examplify finished in Examplify. Same goes for hand writers 😉

Steve Nelson
stephen.nelson at marquette.edu<mailto:stephen.nelson at marquette.edu>
Marquette University Law School
Media & Technology Group

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of MOORE, GARY
Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 4:51 PM
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Cc: KEITH, ROMONA <rkeith at law.sc.edu<mailto:rkeith at law.sc.edu>>; COLAWS-IT-STAFF <COLAWS-ITSTAFF at mailbox.sc.edu<mailto:COLAWS-ITSTAFF at mailbox.sc.edu>>
Subject: [teknoids] Examsoft Problems

Good Evening, Fellow Noids

We had our first day of exams and we had a total of 26 Windows exam takers (10 this morning during two upper level exams, 16 users from 1L exams in the afternoon) who had the same problem today.  About an hour and 30 to an hour and 40 minutes in the exams, those windows users experienced an Examsoft crash, with an error stating something basically to the effect “End Program Now.   Examsoft is stopping.”  Users also noted flashing black screens.    It only happened once per exam and once they rebooted, they were able to get back into the exam right where they had left off.  They did not experience another crash for the rest of the exam, unlike the mac issue in the spring.  Still, having this happen once for 26 users is just not good.

We talked to several of those students and none of them had disabled their anti-virus software prior to starting examsoft.  So we have asked them to disable their anti-virus software before their next exam.  It’s weird that there seems to be some Examsoft process that runs on the windows machines about 90-100 minutes in, but we had first heard that from the students that crashed in the morning.  And then our Registrar was there for the issue in our moot courtroom for the afternoon exam.  It was like clockwork.  Five windows users went down in the span of a couple of minutes.

I opened a ticket with Examsoft as well as contacting our rep on the issue.  She noted that they are receiving widespread reports about mid-exam crashes and black screens that are effecting Windows users.  They are having students submit event viewer logs to support at examsoft.com<mailto:support at examsoft.com> along with their student ID and the name of the exam they experienced it on and they have instructions on how to do that.

We did not experience any file upload issues in Windows and only one or two with mac users, who apparently haven’t rebooted their computers in at least a week.  Once they rebooted, they were fine.  No exam crashes in the middle of mac exams whatsoever.

Hope this helps in someway.



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Gary Moore
Assistant Dean for Academic Technology
1525 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Room 202F
Phone – 803-777-8296
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