Digital Examination with Inspera - information for students

Inspera examination is a system used at Karolinska Institutet for written digital exams on campus and remote written digital exams. On this page you will find information and resources which you can use to help prepare for the exam.

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Preparing before the examination

Do you know your KI username and password? Is it still valid?

To be able to take your Inspera exam in an exam hall (and in many cases remotely) you will need your KI username and password. We recommend that you check that your login works on Insperas login page before you come to the exam hall.

Note: You risk not being able to complete your examination if you do not your KI username and current password on site at the time of your entrance exam. We can not guarantee that you will receive IT support on site during your exam at the entrance exam regarding your login information.

  • If you need to reset your password, you can follow the instructions on this pageNote: You need to reset your password at least 72 hours / 3 days before the time of the exam.
  • If you are not a KI student and do not have a KI account, your teacher will make sure that you can log in to the system

Specific to remote examination:

Does your computer meet the system requirements for Inspera?

  • If you are taking an remote exam with Inspera, you need to check that your computer is up to date. Inspera's website states that they support the most recent versions of the browsers Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari (on Mac).

Train using an Inspera demo exam

We have created a simple examination here so you can try out Inspera before you get to the exam hall. Although the aim is to get this as near as possible to a real exam, there are however some differences:

  1. In the exam hall you will use Safe Exam Browser, not your normal browser. This will stop you from being able to browse freely on the internet.
  2. In this exam you start ‘already logged in’. On your actual exam you will need to log in with a username and password.
  3. You will have to submit your actual exam. This button is up to the top-right, where the ‘Restart’ button is in the demo-exam.

There are two versions of the exam available:

Exam day procedures

On-site examination in an exam hall

When you get to the writing room, you will first be assigned a seat. You will then log into the computer with your KI username and password. Next you will use the login details you receive to log in to the actual test. We recommend that if you want to take the test in English, you choose this setting on the log-in page rather than at a later point. You can log in before the examination's start time, but you will not be able to see the questions until the official start time. At the start time, you need to click to start your exam - it does not happen automatically.

When you have finished the examination, it is important that you submit your work and then log out from the computer.

Remote examination from home

For distance exams, you get the login information in advance of the exam. You can log in before the start time, but you will not be able to see the questions until the official start time. At the start time, you need to click to start your exam - it does not happen automatically.

When you have finished your examination, it is important that you submit your work.

Finding out your grade and eventual comments

Remember to keep the login information from the exam. You need this to be able to log in to find out your grade when the examination has been graded.

The information that appears will vary between exams. The course staff will notify you about the information you will be able to see on the page. The available possibilities are that you may be able to see results / grades, any comments, the correct answers and motivation for grades. You will find all these things through the following steps

  1. Log in to Inspera via ki-digex.inspera.com.
  2. Under the Archive tab, you should be able to find the exam. Then click on See more details.
  3. Your grade may be displayed on the following page. There are also three buttons on the page: Show submitted answer, Download and under the heading Feedback there is the third, X information has been commented
  • Under Show submitted answers, you see your submitted answers, the correct answers, any comments and annotations
  • Under Download you see points per question.
  • If the grader has written a comment, there must be a comment under X information has been commented. Some students find it difficult to find comments here in the system. We refer to the following image
  1. First you have to choose the assignment
  2. Then click on the notebook icon to open the comment
  3. ... or the arrow symbol to open notes.
A screenshot showing the position of and options within the Inspera menu
The menu in Inspera Photo: n/a

Accessibility

You can customise how Inspera works so it works better for your needs. Some of these adjustments can be made within Inspera , and some of them can be done outside of the system.

The list of tools and features here represents the most commonly used accessibility features in Inspera and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of options. We recommend that you contact the Coordinator for students with disabilities to find out what adaptations are available to you, and that you discuss your needs with the course teacher / examiner to ensure that these functions are activated before the exam.

Unless otherwise stated, these functions can be activated from the menu at the top right of the screen during the exam.

Text-to-speech

There is a built-in text-to-speech feature in Inspera. You can test it in the demo exam. In addition to this built-in function, it is also possible to use the TorTalk tool, which has more functions.

A screenshot showing where you see that Inspera's own text-to-speech is enabled
Inspera's text-to-speech tool Photo: n/a

Using Inspera’s text-to-speech tool

The built-in text to speech tool is easy to use, but is quite limited. It will only read up text which is inside the system, that is to say it cannot read text in PDF files or websites which Inspera opens. If you need this feature you should use TorTalk.

When you log in to the examination, they should see the following picture. Note that there is also an example of what it looks like during an ongoing examination. To use the function, the student needs to highlight the text, and click on the ▶ (play) button.

A screenshot showing the interface in Inspera and the position of the buttons
The TorTalk interface within Inspera Photo: N/A

Using TorTalk

Tor Talk is a separate text-to-speech tool that offers more than the built-in tool. It is the examiner who decides whether Tor Talk should be available for the examination, and this is also the most common. With Tor Talk, you can have both texts in Inspera and websites and PDF files read aloud. Note that you can only have one type of text read out at a time, e.g. just from a pdf or just from the question in Inspera. If you have selected several text types, Tor Talk will stop reading and the window that shows the pdf or web page will be closed. Just click on it again and you will move on.

Explanation of the buttons in the pictures above:

  1. If TorTalk has been added to the examination in Inspera, the symbol for Tor Talk is displayed at the bottom left.
  2. For TorTalk to play text, select the text (drag it over with the mouse pointer) and then click the ▶ button.
  3. Pause the reading.
  4. Adjust the reading speed.
  5. The OCR function reads out texts in images. It is not 100% reliable. When you click this button, a window opens and the function tries to read out the text in the window.
  6. Select language and reading voice. Note: the default language is English, but here you can change to Swedish.
  7. Here you can, among other things, adjust TorTalk's interface.
A picture showing the position of the audio contacts on the right-hand side of the exam hall computers
A picture showing the position of the audio contacts on the right-hand side of the exam hall computers Photo: n/a

Adjusting the volume level

The computers do not have built-in speakers, so headphones must be used to make the text-to-speech services work. In the exam halls there are both USB headphones, and those with a 3.5mm audio jack.

  1. Here you can connect USB headphones
  2. You can connect headphones with a 3.5mm plug here
  3. To adjust the volume, first click on the speaker icon in the menu bar at the bottom right, then adjust with the mouse pointer.

Spellcheck

The spelling checker has been activated if it has been activated by the course personell. When the spell checker is available, there is a small orange dot at the bottom-right of the answer field. This is where you can both check the spelling and change the language.

Here is a simple demonstration where you can try the spell checker.

There are some issues that are good to be aware of:

  1. The spelling checker only works on questions in essay format (essay questions have a formatting toolbar at the top), but not on other text input based questions with less text.
  2. Regardless of the exam language, the spelling check is preset to Swedish. It is possible to change the language, of course.
A screenshot showing the inverted colour scheme in Inspera
Inverted colours in Inspera Photo: n/a

Inverting colours

It is also possible to invert the colors of the text, so that the background is black and the text white. You make the setting via the -menu and then Options.

Changing text size

You can choose between three different sizes of text in Inspera. On the computers in the exam halls, it is also possible to zoom with Ctrl +. You make the setting via the -menu and then Options.