February 2021 UBE Remote FAQ


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February 23 and 24, 2021 Remote UBE FAQs  

Check this webpage, as it will be updated with frequently asked questions. 

  

The Attorney Admissions department has an email inbox for questions about the February 2021 bar exam. Note that necessary preparations may delay or prevent responding to individual questions or answering questions that are unrelated to the administration of the February bar exam.   


Arizona has contracted with ExamSoft, using Examplify software for the February 2021 online bar exam. 


See ExamSoft’s FAQs here If ExamSoft’s FAQs differ from those below, defer to the ExamSoft answers. Also see the exam-taking guides here. 


Is the February examination a Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)?

YES.

Is there a fee for taking the February exam remotely?

Yes. Examinees will pay a device fee directly to the vendor that is providing the testing software. More information will be provided directly to examinees.

How is the February exam administered? What technology is required? 

Examinees may take the remote exam at their home or another location of their choice. The location must have internet access to begin the exam and at the close of the exam and a web camera and microphone are  required for the check-in and for remote proctoring of the exam. Additional information will be provided to examinees as soon as it is available. Like the in-person exam, there is a fee paid directly to the vendor to take the remote exam.  


Is a built-in web camera required? 


A functional camera and microphone are required.  A built-in web camera is recommended but not required. A built-in microphone and camera are the most reliable technology setup for the exam. If your device requires a USB or other external camera, those must be connected before the testing software launches and you must make sure your device settings accurately reflect the microphone and camera being used. Selecting the wrong microphone and camera will cause technical problems. Microphone and camera settings should be tested before launching the practice exam and before each session of the actual exam 


What if I do not have access to a space that is quiet, private, or that has reliable internet access?  


The Attorney Admissions department can provide a limited number of spaces for examinees who cannot locate an appropriate testing environment. Examinees may contact Attorney Admissions for assistance.  


Will I be able to transfer my February exam score to another jurisdiction administering the same remote exam?  


The remote administration will be portable to other jurisdictions accepting remote UBE scores. 
 
Is the February examination open book?  


No. The exam is administered in eight, 90-minute sessions over two days. The examination software monitors the test taker’s presence and activity to flag conduct for further review. 
 
Will the exam materials be printable?  


No. The exam will be administered electronically through software. Examinees should anticipate making notes on the computer and not using paper for notes or drafts. 
 
What if I need technical assistance during the exam?  


One of the requirements for the online exam is that cell phones are not allowed in the testing space while testing. If your computer freezes during the exam you will need to retrieve your phone and obtain technical support. This pause does not impact your testing time. If during the exam a function, such as highlighting fails to work you should continue with the exam.  Your testing time does not pause as you attempt to address issues of this nature.  Examinees are strongly encouraged to test the software and its features before the start of the exam. Advanced testing of the software drastically reduces the need for troubleshooting during the exam. When the test practice exam is available, examinees will be contacted directly. 


Will examinees be required to be physically present in Arizona at the time of examination?  


No. Applicants may take the exam in their residence or at another location appropriate for an online exam and must adhere to Arizona times 
 
If an individual applied for accommodations, does the accommodation request or approval transfer/apply to the remote exam? 

 

Yes, previously submitted accommodation requests will be honored and individuals will not be asked to provide additional information unless needed by the Committee on Examinations to make the accommodation determination.  


Will the February examination affect an individual’s Rule 39(c) status if the individual does not take the February examination?  


Yes. Administrative Order 2020-80 requires that the individual must sit for a uniform bar examination no later than February 2021. individuals take and fail to pass the February examination, also would lose Rule 39 status.  

 
Must all examinees be in the same time zone to complete the exam?  


No. Examinees will not need to be in the same time zone to take the exam. The exam will be administered simultaneously across all time zones.  


May I use a wireless keyboard and mouse?  


Yes, but it is not recommended. Arizona allows using a wireless keyboard and mouse. However, the wireless keyboard and/or mouse must be connected to the examinee’s device before launching the exam software. If the examinee’s wireless connection is lost during an exam session, the exam software might prevent the devices from reconnecting to each other.  

 

For the MPT portion of the exam: Can examinees copy and paste text into the exam answer? Will there be a split screen between the question and answer sections? In drafting the answer, can examinees highlight or otherwise mark-up the question on screen and organize their draft answer on screen, like using pen and paper at an in-person exam?  


The exam software allows a split screen, showing the question and the field for the answer on one side and a space that can be used to outline, organize, and draft the answer on the other side. The virtual notepad space is text-only and can be copied and pasted into the answer field (with keyboard functions, not by right-clicking the mouse), where available formatting and mark-up can be applied. The software will not allow the exam question to be copied and pasted. During the mandatory mock exams Examinees are encouraged to get comfortable with the layout, settings, and operation of the screen and features, including the need to ensure the answer appears in the answer window, not in the notepad window. The software does not save the text entered in the notepad section. When the mock  exams are available, examinees will be contacted directly. 


Can  do I confirm my answers uploaded?  


When you upload your answers (preferably at the end of each session) you should receive notification on the screen that all uploads are complete. Confirmation will appear in text and graphics. 


How does the proctor monitoring work?  


When a completed session uploads, artificial intelligence flags certain actions or behaviors for review by a person who has been credentialed by the vendor for this purpose. Neither the AI nor the person have access to the examinee’s identity or their jurisdiction when doing this review. Once the vendor confirms that the audio, video, and exam portions of the session have been successfully uploaded, that content is deleted from the examinee’s device.  
Registered examinees will receive more detailed information directly.  


Can I refuse to have an image of my face taken and still take this exam?  


No. The software for this remote exam includes facial recognition to verify the examinee’s identity. This is considered biometric data, which requires the examinee’s consent.  


What happens if I go off-screen during an exam session to use the restroom or if a person or animal enters the room during an exam session?  


Exam sessions are scheduled in eight, 90-minute segments over two days. Examinees should secure a test taking location that will ensure they can be present and undisturbed during each test taking segment. Issues with sounds, movement, and the examinee’s placement in the field of view can trigger proctor review. If a medical accommodation or alternative site is required, contact the Attorney Admissions unit directly.  


Can I use noise-canceling headphones or earplugs during the exam? 
 
No. Examinees may not have a device in or over their ears during the exam because proctors have no way of knowing if the device is wireless or Bluetooth enabled.