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I would like to conduct an e-examination. How do I proceed?

If you want to conduct an e-examination with the mobile test center, you have to contact us and apply with respect to the given deadlines. In particular, you should state your wishes regarding the examination environment, e.g. which software and hardware you need, in your application.

What is an e-exam and are they allowed at the TUHH?

An e-exam is a written exam that is conducted on a computer. Electronic exams are allowed according to § 18 of the General Study and Examination regulations (ASPO) (Status 22.11.2017, Version 28.02.2018), which have been valid for all students of the TUHH since 01.10.2018.

What are the advantages of an e-exam?

An e-examination enables practical and competence-oriented examination by using subject-specific software and electronic resources to solve the examination tasks. In addition, e-exams offer a high degree of interactivity by incorporating interactive graphics, audio and video files. In addition, the correction effort can be significantly reduced by automated correction, which also offers the possibility of quick feedback for both the examinee and the teacher. In addition, an automated correction is unbiased, the anonymity of the students is directly taken into account. Even for exams without automatic correction, this can be made possible by an anonymized exam login and also simplifies the correction, as the readability of the students' answers is increased.

What are the advantages of a paper-based exam (pen & paper)?

In a paper-based exam, solutions or derivations of results can be presented, which is only possible to a limited extent in an electronic exam, e.g. in the form of a proof puzzle. Furthermore, the possibility of freehand sketches is limited. However, it is possible to combine such types of paper-based tasks with electronic tasks (hybrid exam).

What deadlines apply to e-examination?

First of all, you have to meet the usual deadlines for examinations at the TUHH (about 9 months before the examination) and choose the exam as the form of examination.
To apply for an electronic exam with the mobile test center, the following deadlines are valid:
  • For the summer semester: Application by the end of week 50 (of the preceding year)
  • For the winter semester: Application by the end of week 21
This is due to the fact that the mobile test center is jointly used by several universities in Hamburg and therefore necessary capacities have to be planned. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for the semester in question, but only for the following semester resp. year.
If you are interested in conducting an e-examination with the mobile test center or if you already have an application, please contact us.

With how many students can I conduct an e-examination?

There are 100 laptops available for an e-examination with the mobile test center. If you want to conduct an electronic examination with more than 100 participants, you must distribute them over several exam slots according to their number. However, this also means that you must create different but equivalent exams for each of your exam slots.

What support do I receive when I conduct an e-examination?
What do I have to do on my own?

We can advise you on e-examination and take care of the preparation of laptops and the exam room for your exam, if you want to use the mobile test center for this purpose. If you need a webserver, wish to use the laptops in the room K1520 or computer pools for your examination, please contact the computer center of the TUHH.
As an examiner you are responsible for the preparation of your e-exams, communication with the students, the possible allocation of students to several exam slots, the organization of the examination supervision and the examination procedure, the evaluation of the exams and the storage of the exams in order to comply with the obligation to archive them. In addition, you must provide the software you want to use in the examination, which is to be installed on the laptops of the mobile test center, and test it for functionality.

How is cheating prevented in e-examinations?

The laptops are equipped with e.g. the Safe Exam Browser, which puts the laptop into a sealed off kiosk mode and only allows the use of predetermined software and web pages. In addition, the laptops are equipped with privacy filters that make it difficult to "copy". In addition, you as an examiner have the opportunity to prevent attempts at deception by skillfully creating exam tasks with randomization.

What happens in case of a technical breakdown during an e-examination?

The failure of individual laptops or other necessary infrastructure can be compensated by existing replacement devices. The time lost due to the replacement is recorded and can be individually credited at the discretion of the examiner during the ongoing exam.

Do e-exams have to be stored?

Yes, just like paper-based examinations, e-examinations must also be stored. The examiner is responsible for this. The storage is regulated by § 18 of the General Study and Examination regulations (ASPO) (Status 22.11.2017, Version 28.02.2018), which is valid for all students since 01.10.2018.

Examinations as per section 16 paragraph 2 a. (including written multiple-choice examinations) and paragraph 2 c., as well as coursework as per section 17 paragraph 2 a., c. and f., may be carried out electronically in whole or in part. It must be ensured that:

(a) The electronic data can be clearly and permanently assigned to individual students;
(b) A student’s paper is stored in an electronic document format as per section 2 paragraph 4 of the Order on electronic legal transactions in Hamburg dated 28 January 2008 in the version applicable at the time.

The unique assignability can be ensured by means of user IDs. For this purpose, either the students' personal user IDs (Kerberos) can be used, or separate examination IDs can be created which are linked to the individual examinee, for example by printing them individually on the cover sheets of the exams.
The results must be stored in one of the electronic formats ASCII, UNICODE (UTF-8), Microsoft RTF, PDF, XML, TIFF, Microsoft Word (without macros), and can also be compressed in ZIP archives without directory structure (§ 2 Abs. 4 Verordnung über den elektronischen Rechtsverkehr in Hamburg).
Similarly, data protection must be respected from a legal point of view. This is regulated for examination situations in § 111 Absatz 1 of 3 the HmbHG. To this end, the TUHH has adopted the "Satzung der TUHH über die Erhebung und Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten", which regulate the details of data collection and data processing at the TUHH. On the one hand, this means that only personal data that is necessary for the examination is stored. On the other hand, care must be taken to ensure that only authorized persons have access to this data.