Infrastructure and Examination Software

Online examinations are written either at home (remote online exam) or with your own device at the University of Zurich (Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) exam). In order to complete the online exams smoothly, there are some technical notes regarding hardware and software to be considered, which you can find on this page.

 

Technical Infrastructure

What technical infrastructure do you need to have ready for your online examinations?

It is your responsibility to ensure a suitable infrastructure for digital teaching and digital examinations. This includes in particular Internet access and equipment with hardware that is sufficiently tested and stable.

In concrete terms, this means that you must have a laptop (or Microsoft Surface or desktop) computer (no tablet or iPad), an integrated or separate camera and microphone, and a smartphone for taking photos or scans. Also have the battery chargers for your devices ready.

The devices must operate with either the operating systems (OS) Windows or MacOS (no Android or iOS), and must be equipped with a current Firefox and Chrome browser version. You will also need MS Teams and Zoom on your computer and smartphone. The software will be provided to you as a UZH student.

At BYOD exams (on-site at UZH), log in to the Wi-Fi-network “UZH-5GHz”. Turn any additional networks into the flight mode.

If further aids are required in individual courses (additional software (introduced during the lecture), calculators, etc.), you will be informed in good time before the examination. Again, it is your unconditional obligation to ensure this.

Checklist

  • Laptop or computer (no tablet)
    • Camera and microphone
    • OS: Windows or MacOS
    • Browser: Firefox and Chrome
  • Smartphone
    • Camera and microphone
  • Remote exams
    • Stable internet connection
    • Video conference tools: MS Teams and Zoom
  • BYOD exams
    • Wi-Fi network: UZH-5GHz
    • Battery chargers for all devices

Overview Examination Software

Which examination software is used for your examinations?

There are three examination software in use for the Fall Semester 2022: OLAT EPIS, Ans, and Inspera.

In order to get used to the examination environments, a test run will be carried out in time for each examination so that you will be prepared for the exam technique and know what to expect.

You will receive the relevant information from the lecturers in good time for each examination.

OLAT EPIS

In general a large part of the examinations of the assessment level and of large (compulsory) modules are conducted in the OLAT examination environment (EPIS). This environment is similar to but different from the OLAT teaching environment that you use in your courses.

Further and especially smaller examinations can be held with selected other examination software, depending on the requirements of the respective courses. However, most online examinations use the OLAT examination environment (EPIS) as well.

In order to participate in the examination an OLAT account (and the availability of your login data for registration) is a mandatory requirement. It is your unconditional obligation to ensure this.

More about the Exam Software OLAT-EPIS

Ans and Inspera

Some of the examinations on the assessment level and of some smaller courses will be conducted with the examination software Ans or Inspera. Since these examination software differ from OLAT, additional testing options are provided.

In order to participate in the examination an OLAT account (and the availability of your login data for registration) as well as an Ans or Inspera account are a mandatory requirement. It is your unconditional obligation to ensure this.

More about the Exam Software Ans

Safe Exam Browser

For some exams, the Safe Exam Browser (SEB) is used in addition to the EPIS, Ans, or Inspera examination software.

You must install the Safe Exam Browser software on your end device in advance. The device must meet the following requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows or MacOS
  • Webcam: built-in or separate webcam
  • Microphone: built-in or separate microphone

More about the Safe Exam Browser

What else is to be considered?

We recommend the following measures to ensure that the online examinations run smoothly:

  • Software or System Updates: Do not perform any updates to your computer between the time of the mock examination (test run) and the time of the examination. Ideally you should perform all updates before the start of the examination period.
  • Automatic Software Updates: Make sure that your computer does not perform automatic system updates during the examination. Set your computer to manual updates.
  • Stable Internet Connection: Make sure that your Internet connection is sufficiently stable. Ask other persons in your household to avoid excessive Internet use during the examination in order not to compromise your Internet connection. Alternatively, have a hotspot from your smartphone ready.
  • Exams with Upload of Files: Plan enough time for uploading files at the end of the examination. The upload must be done within the examination duration.