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Online Exam Moodle Guide for Students
Posted by Administrator on 23 November 2020 09:35 am

The Maldives National University

Doing an online exam may be something new for you as a student. Using this guide will help you successfully plan, revise and prepare for online examination.


  • Be familiar with MNU policies and guidelines provided by the Faculty.
  • Create a schedule for revision of the study material and practice completing the questions on a set time. For example, set a time to type an essay question answer and upload it on your own drive.
  • Check the exam timetable, note down your subject‟s date and time.
  • Make sure you are familiar with each of your subject exam format and duration. Exam format may include; Multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, short answer, essay questions, case studies etc. The duration of the paper will be 3hrs (2 hours for paper and 1 hour for reading and technical time). Do not wait till the last minute to complete the exam. The last 30 minutes should be used to ensure all components are completed or submitted before the scheduled time.
  • Check your own device: (computer, laptop etc), verify that it has all the correct hardware and software well in advance of the exam.
  • Check that any battery powered device is charged in advance and keep a charger nearby.
  • If you are considering a computer owned by MNU or your workplace, test the equipment and make sure it will sustain an online exam.
  • Check the internet connection: Make sure you have good internet and you will be in a location with an adequate internet connection.
  • Log out of Moodle and then back into Moodle before you begin. This will help with connectivity issues.
  • Sit in a suitable private space where you won‟t be interrupted. You may like to advise the other people in your household that you will be taking an exam that you cannot be interrupted.
  • If you anticipate that your domestic conditions, for example a noisy household or another user of your computer, will prevent you from being able to focus on completing exams, please seek advice from your lecturer/course coordinator and student support services as soon as possible.
  • Switch off your mobile phone and other devices (eg smart watch, TV, radio) and put them away from where you are working.
  • Shut down all Instant Messaging tools (Viber, WhatsApp etc) from the device that you are using to do the examination.
  • Ensure you have basic equipment such as notepad and pen/pencils for breaking down questions, planning time or working out solutions to problem-based questions.
  • Ensure you have any approved discipline specific equipment for your exam e.g. calculator.
  • Make sure you have login details and credentials before the exam and ensure it works.
  • Login to Moodle 30 minutes before the scheduled time and open the exam page that is scheduled for the day. You will not have access to exam papers during this time. Exam paper components (Quiz, pdf paper, etc.. ) will be visible at the scheduled exam time (see time table) only
  • Prior to the exam, request the lecture to inform you about the format of the exam (for example, Quiz only, PDF paper only or Quiz & PDF etc…) and how it will be set up.
  • Take a deep breath; once you are logged in take a moment to relax and get focused.


  • Plan the exam time, use your reading time (which is included in the duration of the paper) to get an overview of the exam structure and decide the time that you will spend on each question and make sure you leave some time at the end to review, refine and submit/upload your answers.
  • Keep an eye on the clock; you may want to set an alarm to notify when to finish the different sections of the exam and submit/upload the answers.
  • Read all instructions very carefully; particularly if you are doing an exam where you need to upload a document. You will be allowed to upload the document once, so it is important that you get it correct. Take note of how many files you are allowed to upload in the one submission and name your documents as directed in the instructions so that you upload the correct file/s. In this exam students are expected to upload the answer script as a single PDF file unless advise otherwise by the instructor.
  • Read all questions very carefully; this will ensure you are answering what has been asked, identify which sections and questions are compulsory and where you have a choice of questions etc.
  • Plan your answer; it can be helpful to jot down key points and concepts you will use to illustrate your answer to question, before you start writing your detailed response. This way you can concentrate on writing a comprehensive answer and will save time if you get interrupted for any reason.
  • If you are asked to write your answers in an answer booklet provided by your examiner, open the answer sheet link in another tab and save it to your device. Remember to save your document ALWAYS.
  • Save answers at the end of each section and ensure you have written your correct name and student id number on the document that you will upload/submit as your answer sheet.
  • Check your work before you submit it; ensure that every answer is complete and appears as you intended, review the accuracy of your answers as well as your spelling and grammar.


You may face technical difficulties during the exam. The following information will help you prepare to deal in such a situation.


  • Don‟t panic, take a deep breath
  • Click the “back” button on your web browser to see if you can return to the exam page.
  • If you are not able to return to the exam, reconnect to the internet and login to the Moodle and open the exam page.
  • If the problem still exists, take a screenshot and submit a ticket to Helpdesk
  •  You must take screenshots of as many of the following as possible as evidence of interuptions.
    •  Error messages.
    • Screen not loading.
    •  Timestamped speed tests.
    • Messages or information from your internet provider regarding the issues experienced.
  •  Make sure you have the correct and all the required contact information of your lecturer/ course coordinator/ faculty and examinations department.


Important contact information
     MNU examinations department
     Phone: 3345162
     Student support service
     Phone: 3345172

    Help Desk

Moodel exam page

Moodle exam Page will look something like this


First section will have General Instructions for students

Second Section is Declaration by the student


This is the instruction students will see


  • Read ALL the instructions carefully before answering.
  • The Exam Duration given above is the total time you will get for answering the exam questions AND submitting your answers. The system will automatically disable accepting answers after the allocated time. Therefore, you are advised to use the last 30 minutes of the paper duration to submit your answers. DO NOT wait to submit your answers at the last minute.
  • When answering on the answer booklet, write the question numbers clearly.
  • If you have used the answer booklet, covert it into PDF format before submitting.
  • Only ONE attempt is allowed for submitting the answers or answer script in the exam.


1. Be familiar with exam page structure: A sample Exam Block for ONLY written paper submission.

Steps to follow for written exams only

1. Download exam paper

2. Download Answer booklet, save the answer booklet somewhere.

3. Submit the answer to the submission link

Steps to follow for Quiz plus written exam part

  • Some papers will have different sections (for example a Quiz and a Written Answer Section)
  • In this case students will be required to do the Quiz part and also complete the written answer part.

2. Taking a Quiz

    1. To take a quiz, click on the link for the test in the appropriate section of your Exam site, review the directions, and click Preview quiz now.
    2. If the quiz covers multiple pages, you will need to click the Next button to see the next page. This will automatically save your answer.
    3. You can keep track of where you are in a quiz by looking at the Quiz Navigation window. A bold dark line highlights the number you are on. Clicking on any number in the navigation window will bring you to that question. Also, clicking on Finish Attempt will bring you to the final screen of the quiz.

  1. If you want to flag a question to look at later, click on the flag icon next to the questions. The flag will turn red and the corner of the question's box in the navigation window will also turn red.
  2. After the last question, you will be taken to a Summary of attempt window. This will show you whether or not you have answered all of the questions in the test and any flags you may have set. You can go back to any of the questions simply by clicking on the question number.
  3. When you are ready to submit your quiz, but sure to click the Submit all and finish button on the last page. REMEMBER you will get only ONE attempt. So do not submit the quiz unless you are sure. If you encounter any technical issues, report it through Helpdesk after the exam with evidence



3. Uploading the Completed Answer Script

    1. If you have to upload a file into Moodle, click on the assignment you need to submit. These activities can be identified by this icon:
    2. This will bring you to the Submission Status page where you click on Add Submission.
    3. Click on "Add.." then click Browse then Upload this File. You can also drag and drop your file into the area below then Save Changes.
    4. You will receive a confirmation that the file has been uploaded successfully. In the assignment window, you should see your file listed in the middle of the page.
    5. Depending on how your instructor has set up the assignment, you may be able to edit my submission. Make sure you click submit and confirm submission of the assignment.

4. Submitting handwritten work to Turnitin
You can submit either a:

  • Scanned PDF,
  • Or a Word Document with scanned/ inserted images.

To avoid problems when submitting your file, and for the lecturer who will mark your work, please ensure that you submit a document (PDF or Word) containing a minimum of 20 typed words which Turnitin can identify as selectable text, in addition to your scanned images or text.
This guide explains how to add this so Turnitin will accept your submission.

  • Scanned PDF: You will need to edit the scanned pdf, and add 20 words of text .
  • Word Document with inserted images: After inserting images into your Word document you will need to type 20 words of text.

Turnitin maximum file size is 20MB. If the size of your scanned PDF or Word document is larger than 20MB, reduce the size of the file before attempting to upload it to Turnitin. You can reduce the overall quality of the scanned images but do not go below 220ppi.


Scanning your handwritten work for submission


  • If you are using the Printers: make sure you are scanning with the correct settings – the default PDF options should be good enough, but check the result in your email before you submit.
  • Ensure there is a strong contrast between the written text and paper.

On a smartphone

  1. Write your answers to the questions onto plain, lined or graph A4 paper where possible, please include a number on the page that indicates the order.
  2. On your mobile phone, use a scanning App, such as:
    • Microsoft Office Lens Android | iOS
    • Microsoft Office app Android | iOS
    • or Apple iOS Notes Scanner, to capture your pages.
  3. Take the scan in a well-lit environment
  4. Check that the scan is readable
  5. Save the scans as a single PDF document – both Office Lens and iOS Notes can do this for you. Don’t use the OCR tools built into these apps to convert the image to text – this will almost certainly introduce some errors.

Inserting 20 words of text

If you are submitting to a Turnitin Assignment you may need to add 20 words of selectable text, or your submission will not be accepted and you will see the following message:

We weren’t able to process your submission. Please try re-submitting your file. If you need further assistance, please contact Turnitin…..

To submit your document, use the following instructions.

Use Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to insert text

Open the file and in the Tools menu on the right-hand side find the “Sign” tool. Select the „Add Text tool’ tool then click anywhere inside the document and write 20 words (or paste the same example text):

Then make sure to save the PDF and submit this copy.

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