Information about Exam 1

This post contains the specifics and logistics for our first exam in General Histology (DDS 6214). It includes all the standard information, as well as the answers to the questions that came up in our Exam Review session yesterday (see Q &A section at the end). Please email me if you have any questions not answered here!

Start and end time

The exam is scheduled for Friday, August 28, and you may take it any time between 12:01 am to 11:59 pm that day. The start time for downloading the exam is 12:01 am on Friday, August 28, and the password for opening the exam is Summer2020. Once you open the exam you have a maximum of two hours to complete the exam. All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 28, in order to receive a grade.


There are 40 questions on the exam, and the lecture breakdown is as follows:

Intro to Histology: 1 question on the H&E stain
Embryology: 6 questions
Epithelium: 7 questions
Muscle Tissue: 7 questions
Connective Tissue: 6 questions
Cartilage and Bone: 8 questions
Neuro Tissue: 5 questions

There will not be any tissue microscopic images on the exam, but there may be an EM image of the sarcomere as we discussed in the exam review (see questions 15 and 18 in the Exam 1 Review Kahoot). Finally, please see the Sample Exam Questions post for information on my question-writing style.

Examplify Information

You will take this exam using Examplify installed on your PC/Macintosh laptop or desktop computer. If Examplify is currently installed, it may require an update and computer restart before the exam If it is not installed, you should download and install the most up-to-date version of Examplify before the exam.

This exam will be remotely proctored using ExamID and ExamMonitor. This means you will take a photo of yourself at the start of the exam for identity verification and you will be recorded during the exam. Thus, only laptops/desktops with a working camera & microphone and Chrome or Firefox browsers can be used to complete the exam. Please note, iPads are not compatible with the ExamMonitor software and may not be used for this exam.

I have enabled the digital notepad and highlighter within the Examplify software. There will be no scratch paper allowed. Also, just as if we were in the classroom, there will be no additional electronics allowed such as phones, tablets, smart watches, headphones, etc.

If you experience any anomalies while taking the exam (examples include barking dogs, interruption by a family member, etc.) please email me at immediately after completing the exam to let me know.

Please access this link for a quick troubleshooting guide for Examplify for your reference.


After you take the exam, you will immediately receive your raw score. Final scores will be emailed to you as soon as possible after I have had the opportunity to review the exam metrics. An optional post-exam review session is scheduled for 2:05 – 2:55 on Thursday, September 3.

Q & A

A couple questions came up during our Exam Review session yesterday:

Q. Will we be allowed to use scratch paper during the exam?

A. No, unfortunately, no scratch paper is allowed during proctored exams. I have enabled the digital scratch pad option for your use during the exam, though.

Q. What happens if my wifi goes out during the exam?

A.  I asked our ExamSoft resource person about this, and here is his answer: The exam is downloaded to the student’s computer, so ExamSoft does not rely on WIFI to take the exam; just to download and upload the exam.  If WIFI goes down during an exam, the student’s exam will upload the next time they connect.

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