A laptop on a table showing ExamSys in use.

December 11, 2023, by Ben Atkinson

An Introduction to Exams in ExamSys

ExamSys is the Online assessment for informal formative self-assessment quizzes to formal summative exams at the University of Nottingham.

Below we have included an overview of the features of ExamSys and how you can use it to run assessments for your students.

What you can do in ExamSys:

  • Assessment papers can be created using any combination of 15 question types.
  • Reports on student performance can be accessed and exported.  These reports are useful when assessing the performance of individual questions. Questions can be corrected or excluded from summative assessment papers post exam if the reports show a problem.
  • Questions can be mapped to learning outcomes held in other central systems.
  • Each assessment paper has a unique URL which can be used when a link to an assessment is required.
  • Your module in ExamSys, once created, automatically adds student enrolments.  Links to ExamSys assessments can be added to your Moodle module via the External Link activity.
    Note: For parent modules in Moodle (e.g. two modules with the same content, with the same assessment) a normal URL resource to the assessment paper needs to be added within the Moodle module.

Help & Support

ExamSys has a large number of help pages held within the system, accessed from a link from the menu in the top right corner.

ExamSys help is the main source of information and should be used as a first port of call for any help and support guidance.

Students get automatic access to their modules within ExamSys but staff accounts and modules need to be created as required to ensure you have editing access to the correct module.

Using ExamSys For the First Time

If you have not used ExamSys before, we require that staff attend training in ExamSys. 

To request access and a module in ExamSys, or if you have any questions, please complete the form at selfservice.nottingham.ac.uk or contact your Faculty Learning Technology Consultant or you can speak to one of the team in the virtual Digital Learning Drop-in (Search MS Teams for Digital Learning Drop-in).

If you have any questions please contact the IT Service Desk for support:

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