Medical Education and Technology

Exam Procedures and Exam Reports

Block Exams | Exam Reports


Block Exams

For the medical students, most examinations in your ISC courses will be administered using ExamSoft's testing software, Examplify.

To ensure that the administration of these exams proceeds smoothly, please note the following important instructions:

  1. Please download each exam from Examplify as soon as possible after you receive e-mail notification that the exam is available for downloading.  If you are on campus, then make sure that your computer is connected to the " UCSD Protected" wireless network.  Contact immediately if you have any difficulty downloading the exam.
  2. Please arrive in the lecture hall on exam day early enough to complete the following two tasks by 7:45 am:
    • Pick up the exam handout or scratch paper labeled with your name when instructed to do so by the proctor (the handouts will be available at the front of the lecture hall); students should bring pencils or pens. 
    • A calculator will be available in Examplify program.
    • Turn on your (fully charged) laptop and launch the Examplify application.  Click on Take an Exam and select the appropriate exam, so that the Examplify Start Window is on your screen.
  3. The Exam Password will be given by the proctor at approximately 7:50 am, allowing plenty of time for Examplify to close all programs and internet connection on your computer before the 8:00 am start time (this process can take several minutes).
  4. When your computer shows the yellow screen asking you to enter in a 4 letter code, wait until the proctor authorizes students to click Start Exam.
  5. When the Start Exam authorization is given, students should immediately click Start Exam.  Although the remaining time shown on your screen is determined by Examplify for each student individually (depending on when the Start Exam button was clicked), the ending time for the exam is determined by the proctor (and will be announced and written on the whiteboard).
  6. After you click Submit Exam (either because you have finished the exam or the proctor announces that time is up), wait for the Green Screen indicating a successful upload of your exam before closing your laptop and leaving the room. The process to re-establish the internet connection and upload the answer file can take a few minutes, so please be patient.  It sometimes requires you to restart your computer (check with the proctor if your exam answer file does not upload automatically after exiting the exam).  NOTE: If you finish early and the proctor has instructed students to remain seated until the official ending time, your computer should remain closed while you are waiting to leave.
  7. Return your exam handout to the proctor before leaving the room in order to preserve exam security. Because the exam handout includes some of the exam questions, returning the exam handout is a requirement for the official recording of your exam score.

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Exam Reports

Students can view reports of their exam performance from the UCSD Examsoft Portal -  Two reports are available:
  1. The Strengths and Opportunities Report for a single exam or assessment,
  2. The Performance Analysis Report for multiple exams or assessments spanning a range of dates (e.g., the Thread Courses, or Blocks that have a Midterm and Final exam).

After logging in with their UCSD credentials, a page will display with a list of their courses, statuses and various notifications for each course (downloads or uploads required, results added, etc.).  When the course title is clicked, details for that course's assessments are shown.  If results are released for that exam, then "View Results" is displayed.  The Strength and Opportunities report is launched when "View Results" are clicked.  More information is listed on the Quick Reference Guides titled, Exam Taker's Courses View and Reading the Strengths and Opportunities Report.  NOTE: The percentage shown on the Courses page is rounded to the nearest integer, so click "View Results" to see the actual percentage of the exam score that you received.

For courses with multiple exams (e.g., midterm and final) or the course threads, students will need to run a "Performance Analysis" report to view their results.  The report is linked from the menu bar.  Choose the date range, course(s) and assessments to display and click the "Run Results" button.  NOTE: The top 50 categories are shown as default and many are defined by the courses for internal use only (e.g., no relevance on grades).  Students should only concern themselves with the categories shown in the "MSX Curriculum" topic (where X is 1 for MS1 or 2 for MS2).  Detailed information about this report is listed on the Quick Reference Guide titled, Performance Analysis Report, as well as the customized Examsoft Student Views and Sample Performance Analysis Report showing the Examsoft course report screens and sample MS1 reports.

For any questions regarding these reports, please email the course name and description of the issue to

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