All you need to know about timed LMS and take-home exams
What’s the difference between a timed LMS exam and a take-home exam?
It’s exam time!
There are a few different types of exams at UTS this session, and it may be different to what you’ve seen in previous sessions. Make sure you know what type of exam you have by checking your exam timetable which is accessible via MyStudentAdmin.
What’s a timed LMS exam?
It’s in the name! A timed LMS exam is an open book exam that students will complete via their learning management system, either Canvas or Blackboard (UTSOnline). Students will have an allocated amount of time – usually two hours – to complete this exam and will submit their answers directly into the learning management system, just like a quiz.
For timed LMS exams, there will be an exam window of six to eight hours to provide flexibility for students.
You must start your exam two hours before the allocated window finishes to make sure you have enough time to complete your exam.
You won’t be able to log off and come back to the exam, and after your allocated time is up, your answers will be automatically submitted.
I’m at home anyway, so what does a take-home exam mean?
A take-home exam means that you have an extended period of time between when your exam questions are released and when you need to submit them. This time window can be anywhere between six and 24 hours.
To start your take-home exam, you will need to log into your learning management system (either Canvas or Blackboard), download your exam paper and then log off. Your exam should only take two to three hours to complete – so be sure to listen to your subject coordinator and read any announcements about your upcoming exam.
Don’t forget, when you’ve completed your exam, you will have to log back in and submit your answers before the allocated time window closes.
Hint: leave at least 30 minutes to submit your exam, it can be super stressful if it takes a long time to upload!
Why is there such a huge window of time?
This time window is to ensure equity as some students sitting this exam may also:
- have multiple exams in one day
- be living in a different time zone or country
- have differences in their home environment, such as younger siblings
Are these exams invigilated?
What questions will be in my exam?
Timed LMS and take-home exams are open book and will have questions that test your ability to find relevant resources, analyse information, apply what you’ve learnt or think critically. Some exams may also ask you to reflect on your process as well.
What do I need for a take-home or timed LMS exam?
If you’re sitting a take-home exam or a timed LMS exam you will need:
- a computer (either a laptop or desktop)
- a reliable internet connection
- a quiet and private environment so that you’re not disrupted during your exam
- your UTS Student ID and password so that you can log into Canvas or Blackboard (UTSOnline)
- and, any other materials approved by your subject coordinator
If I have take-home exam, can I work with other students?
No. A take-home exam is still an exam and therefore misconduct processes still apply. You are not allowed to:
- share answers with your peers
- work with your friends
- cheat using answers posted on exam websites
If students are found to be engaging in misconduct, you will fail your exam and may have to repeat the subject.
Who can I talk to if something goes wrong during my exam?
The UTS IT support centre has a dedicated online exams hotline for students. If you are having any technical issues, such as being unable to submit your exam or unable to log back into your learning management system, call +61 2 9514 3222.
Your subject coordinator will also advise you when they are available during the exam window and how they’d prefer to be contacted.
- For timed LMS exams, most subject coordinators will be available during the first hour and last hour of the exam
- For take-home exams, you can email your subject coordinator at a time that works for you, but remember that they may be busy overseeing other exams so make you send them an email as soon as possible, so they have time to reply.
So, let's recap!
|Take-home exam||timed lms|
|Can I work with other students?||No||No|
|Is it invigilated (supervised)?||No||No|
|Do I need my student ID?||No||No|
|Can I log off and take a break?||Yes||No|
|Is it open book?||Yes||Yes|
|How do I submit my answers?||Upload your exam document to your learning management system.||Straight into the relevant LMS. Remember, your answers will be automatically submitted at the end of your allocated time.|
|Can I take food and drink into the exam?||Yes||Yes – but you only have a limited amount of time, so make sure you’re not distracted|