Administration of Examinations

Students are expected to adhere to all rules as set forth in the Student Handbook regarding examinations, quizzes, research papers and any other work product. Students are also responsible for any additional rules provided by the professor in the course syllabus, examination or quiz instructions or otherwise communicated to the student. 

Your Student ID will be required to take the exam. Be sure you have it with you – the Exam Proctor will be checking for Student IDs prior to the beginning of the exam.

Electronics and Software

Use of examination software

The option to take examinations on a laptop computer is available to students as a convenience and privilege. It is not a student's right to use the examination software or a laptop computer to take their examination. Accordingly, it is each student's responsibility to ensure that prior to the examination, equipment is in good working order, that they have properly downloaded applicable software and have taken a practice examination to test the software, and generally to follow IT instructions. Because students' use of the software and a laptop computer is at their own risk, if a student experiences technological problems, including network, Internet, software, hardware, etc., that cannot be resolved 15 minutes prior to the examination, irrespective of the reason, that student must hand-write their examination. Similarly, if a student experiences technological problems, including network, Internet, software, hardware, etc., at any time during the examination, irrespective of the reason, that student must close their laptop computer, quietly retrieve bluebooks from the proctor, and hand write the remainder of their examination

In the event technical errors after the start of an examination, at the end of the examination and not during, students must take their laptop computer to the IT department for retrieval of the files created prior to the technical error. The IT department will only retrieve files in a manner recommended by the makers of the examination software, and will submit to the professor the last file recorded by the software prior to the technical issue. IT will not submit to the professor any other saved data, nor will the student be able to view files prior to submission to the professor. Students are not permitted to reboot their computers during an examination. Students are generally discouraged from attempting to continue in the examination software if they experience technical problems, since no attempt will be made to retrieve or submit to a professor archived files once an examination is submitted electronically in the normal course.

By using the examination software, students acknowledge and agree that Arizona Summit Law School, and their respective partners, employees, officers, directors and affiliates are not liable to the student for any and all damages to their laptop arising from the use of the software including any loss of data.

Electronic devices

Cellular phones, PDAs, iPods or like devices and any other electronic equipment must be turned off during an examination and placed in a bag at the front of the room or a locker for the duration of the examination. Phone calls, emails, text messaging or any other similar communication during an examination is prohibited. Laptop computers are to be used only if the student using examination software.

Personal items

All books, papers, notes, bags, computers not being used to take the examination, and all other personal items must be placed at the front of the room prior to the start of the examination. Only those materials explicitly designated by your professor in his or her examination instructions will be allowed.

Food and drinks

There are no food or drinks allowed in the examination room, with limited exceptions. Students are permitted to bring bottled water and diabetic students who may have glucose testing kits are permitted to bring necessary snacks or drinks.

Taking the Exam

Conduct during and after an examination

Students may not communicate in any way with other students during an examination, or engage in any discussion in the hallway or near any classroom about any examination. Students should not discuss the examination with any student who has not yet taken the examination. No writing or reading of the examination can begin unless explicitly told to do so by the proctor.

Start and end times

Students are expected to be in their seat for any examination at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the examination. Generally, proctors will start to administer an examination (passing out envelopes, reading directions, etc.) beginning 15 minutes prior to the examination, irrespective of whether all students are present. The proctor will then start each examination at the designated time indicated in the examination schedule. Examinations will not be delayed for any student's failure to be ready to take the examination at the designated time and/or their technical problems. Students late to an examination will not have an extension of time.

Proctors are the exclusive and official examination timekeepers. Students should not rely on the timer on any examination software, or the clock on their computer to keep the examination time. 


After the examination has begun, faculty, school administration and proctors will not answer any questions about the examination instructions or the examination, including any perceived errors in the examination. Students should read the examination carefully, and use their best judgment. If a student suspects there is a typographical error, this should be noted when answering the question, if possible, and noted to the proctor after the examination has ended.

Student grade numbers

A student grade number ("SGN") is a number randomly generated and assigned to each student for his or her personal use during examination periods, and is available through the Student Portal. A student's SGN is to be used as the sole means of identifying the student on their examination. Students should not put their name or any other identifier, other than their SGN on any examination materials, or send any other communication to the professor that would identify the student and their examination to the professor. A student's SGN is NOT to be confused with their Student Identification Number.  

Leaving the examination room

Students should not leave the examination room before completing the examination, except to use the restroom. Students should use the closest restroom; students should not leave the respective floor or building to use a separate restroom. If a student finishes an examination early, it is imperative that the student return their materials and leave the room and hallway quietly. However, in no event can any student leave the examination in the last 15 minutes, irrespective of whether they have finished the examination.