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Digital exams

Digital exams are exams that take place on the computers in the Aletta Jacobs Hall. Three types of digital exams are possible:

  • Common exams using closed questions (e.g. multiple choice) and open questions

  • Application exams making use of for example Excel, SPSS and R-Studio

  • Dropbox exams

Common digital exams

When you organize a digital exam in the Aletta Jacobshal all regular question types available in Nestor can be used. So think of Multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching and open questions.

It is also possible to add PDF files to your exam for your students to use during the exam.

Normally internet access outside of the exam folder is closed off, but we students can be allowed to use specific websites, e-books or for example open internet access without restrictions. If you want to make use of internet in your exam it is important to let us know well before the exam takes place.

Application exams

Next to the options mentioned for common digital exams it is possible to make use of applications such as SPSS, R-Studio and Excel in the Aletta Jacobs Hall. If you want to make use of these resources it is important that you contact us as soon as possible at Make sure to do this at least two weeks before the exam is due to take place.

Important! Please be aware that for exams making use of applications a total of 300 students can participate. Applications exams with more than 300 students can not take place in the Aletta Jacobshal.

Note: It is not possible to let students bring their own laptops!

Available applications

  • Microsoft Word 2016

  • Microsoft Excel 2016

  • SPSS 25

  • Matlab

  • R-Studio version 4.1.2

  • Adobe PDF Reader

  • Paint

  • Notepad ++

If you want to make use of an application that is not on this list please contact at least 6 weeks before your exam is scheduled to take place. Requesting an application does not guarantee that it will be added.

Dropbox exams

With an open book exam, you may want students to have access to their own digital documents with their own annotations. For this, each student can get an own Dropbox on your course Nestor page, where the student can upload files beforehand. Prior to the exam, the ESI will transfer these Dropboxes to your Nestor-Exam page. During the exam, the student can access the Dropbox, and thus the files.

For common digital exams only PDF files are supported through Dropbox. If you want students to use other file types the exam automatically becomes an application exam with the use of Dropbox. Make sure to consults the list of available applications above to check whether your file type(s) can be used and how many students can participate in such an exam.

When you want to make use of Dropbox for your exam make sure to contact your ESI digital exam facilitator as soon as possible. You will then receive detailed information about the process.

Getting Started with your Digital Exam

In order to register your digital exam and receive support from the digital testing team, please first contact your faculty’s scheduler. You can find your appropriate person here: Due to limited seats in the A.J. Hall, please contact your scheduler as soon as possible. Once your exam has been scheduled, the Assessment Support Team will contact you as soon as possible. Please note that only scheduled exams will be supported by Assessment Support. 

Video: Registering and accessing your exam

To have an overview of all the steps that are necessary in the exam process, we developed a workflow. This workflow describes all the steps and also provdides instructions. You can find it here.

Whom to contact? 

For further information about exams and the help we can provide, please email our team at

Contact EDU Support or your faculty's Embedded Expert from ESI for tailored didactic advice in using these suggestions in your teaching. For technical assistance please contact Nestorsupport.

Last modified: 14 February 04:47 PM
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