Technology News

First Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Fri., Oct. 26

This is the first reminder that the Exam4 practice test deadline for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 file, practice test or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

To submit a valid practice test, you must identify yourself using your ULink user name (e.g., lhowas01) and choose "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu. The Legal Research version of Exam4 and all other previous versions have expired, so you must download and install and test the current version.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have submitted a valid practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000. At least once each week day, the IT staff will update the ExamTracker, moving invalid submissions to a folder labeled "Wrong." Typical reasons why submissions may be invalid include:

  • Student identified him or herself with something unidentifiable, such as numerals or "test."
  • Student chose something other than "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu, such as a real class.

If you see your submission on the "Wrong" list on ExamTracker, you must submit a valid practice test.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Exam4 for Fall 2012 Finals Now Available

Exam4 for Fall 2012 final exams is now available to download and install. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test (choose "F12 Practice exam" during start-up) using this version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have properly and timely submitted a practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. Therefore, it is imperative to identify yourself on the practice test using your ULink user name (not your student ID number, not your last name, not "1234," etc.) so that we may e-mail you. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000.

All students, particularly 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls, are advised that policies and procedures governing exams on computer were recently revised in the latest version of the Student Handbook. Students are strongly urged to read the complete policy as each is charged with notice and knowledge of it.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Exam4 for Fall 2012 Finals Available Monday, Oct. 15

Exam4 for Fall 2012 final exams will be available beginning Monday, October 15th. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test ("F12 Practice exam") using this version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

All students, particularly 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls, are advised that policies and procedures governing exams on computer were recently revised in the latest version of the Student Handbook. Students are strongly urged to read the complete policy as each is charged with notice and knowledge of it.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Exam4 for Fall 2012 Finals Coming Soon

Exam4 for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is scheduled to be released to students on Monday, October 15. The period for submitting a mandatory practice test for all students who wish to use their computers for exams is Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 26.

See Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012 for more detailed information.

New Lab Computers

The IT Department recently replaced all 22 Law Library Lab computers with new Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One PCs. Each computer features:

  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Windows SkyDrive
  • Adobe Reader X
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • 2012-13 CALI Lessons Library
  • Other common utilities and security applications

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls Is TODAY

In preparation for the Legal Research final exam, Friday, October 5, the IT staff will conduct mandatory training for 1Ls on using Exam4 TODAY, Tuesday, September 25, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 275. Students are not required but are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls

In preparation for the Legal Research final exam, Friday, October 5, the IT staff will conduct training for 1Ls on using Exam4 on Tuesday, September 25, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 275. This training is mandatory for all first-year students. Students are not required but are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) not supported by Exam4

Today, Apple released Mac OS 10.8, familiarly known as "Mountain Lion."  Extegrity announced in April that Exam4 would not support Mountain Lion during Fall 2012.  An announcement was posted in The Daily Docket at that time.  This is a reminder to student Mac users who wish to use Exam4 next semester to not purchase a new Mac laptop with Mountain Lion, nor to upgrade an existing Mac laptop to it.

Michael Hicks joins UofL Law as Workstation & Server Manager

The UofL Law Information Technology Department welcomes Michael R. Hicks as Workstation and Server Manager. He is a Louisville native and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Louisville. Mr. Hicks has worked in Information Technology for fifteen years, most recently, since 2007, for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University's Health Sciences campus. Mr. Hicks will be responsible for maintaining the hardware and updating software on desktop computers in offices, classrooms, labs, the Law Clinic, and public and other spaces; and file, print and application servers. He joined us Monday, July 2.

Exam4 may not work this fall with next Mac and Windows operating systems

Microsoft and Apple are releasing new operating systems later this year, with current estimates stating "summer" for Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and October for Windows 8. The timing of these new operating system releases will have consequences for development and release of compatible versions of Exam4. Exam4's publisher, Extegrity, announced today that for Fall 2012 exams, Windows 8 will definitely NOT be supported; and Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is "to be determined."

Please be mindful this summer that if you purchase an Apple Macbook or Macbook Pro and do so after the release of OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), you may not be able to use that new laptop on exams next fall; and if you already own a Mac and decide to upgrade to Mountain Lion, you also may not able to use your Mac for Fall 2012 exams. While students upgrading to Windows 8 or purchasing new laptops with Windows 8 may be similarly inconvenienced, its tentative October release gives us more time to remind you when school resumes in August.

Best of luck on finals, and have a great and safe summer!