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Creating a remote exam

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The first thing to do is to sign in to your Crowdmark account. If you do not have an account, contact us at

Creating a course and enrolling Students

The next step is to create a course and enroll your students. If your institution is one of the many institutions already integrated with Crowdmark, you can simply import the courses and students already defined inside your institution account. If not, you can simply create a new course and enroll the students by importing a CSV file or typing in their emails.

So I will create my course and name it Math 101.

Next, I will enroll my students by typing in their emails.

Set up the remote exam

Now that the students are enrolled I can go back to my Math 101 course to set up my at home exam by following these simple steps.

I will click on Create assessment, then I will click on New assessment.

Now I need to choose a name for my at home exam. I will call it Midterm. You can choose which students will be taking the exam and your Instructional Team.

Next I will choose the type of exam. An Administered exam is one where the instructor or proctor will be present. So I will choose Assigned for the at home exam because the student will complete the exam independently. So, I click Assigned and Next.

The next step is to choose the due date. For this at home exam, that will be the moment when you want the exam to end. So, if I want my exam to start today at 4pm and end at 6pm, I must choose today’s date and 6:00 pm as the due date.

If this is the first time your students are using Crowdmark, we would suggest you add 15 to 20 minutes to the exam time so they have enough time to upload their answers. So I will change the time to 6:20 pm, then click Next.

Set up questions

In this first field you can provide the students with instructions. You can tell them when the exam will start and end, how to submit their answers, and remind them to leave enough time at the end to upload their responses. You could also include which resources the students are allowed to use or other specific instructions.

Now you can set up each question. The great thing about Crowdmark is that you can use your current material without having to modify it.

  • If your exam is written in LaTeX, all you have to do is copy and paste the questions. You can preview how they will look by clicking Preview.
  • If your exam is a PDF, you can attach the PDF and the students will be able to download it.
  • If you want to type in the question and upload images, you can also do that.
  • You can also refer to textbook questions, by typing “Ch1.Q2”, for example.

At any time you can click the Preview assessment button at the bottom of the page so you don’t have to guess what the students will see. You see an exact copy of the exam on your screen. In the preview you can see where the students will upload the picture or PDF of their answers inside the box for each question.

When you have finished setting up the questions, you can then click Save and Go to Dashboard!.

Distribute to students

Now you can distribute the assessment to the students. If you click on Distribute to students, they will receive a link now and can start working on the assessment immediately.

For this at home exam I want them to start the exam later, at 4pm, so all I have to do is to choose Schedule automatic distribution, then add the date and time of the exam: 4:00 pm.

If you want to make changes to the exam, you can go to Assessment settings, and change any information you desire.


Now, all you need to do is wait for the students to submit their answers so you can grade and send feedback safely without exchanging a single piece of paper.

Contact us at to get started!