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Learning & Teaching Podcast - Episode 23 is Now Available: The Return of In-Person Exams Special

Digital Exams with Inspera Assessment

The Digital Assessment Service is the University's centrally supported service for secure present in person digital exams. 

In 2021/22 we are launching new software for digital exams, called Inspera Assessment. By adopting a specialist digital exam system, instead of continuing to use the virtual learning environment for digital exams, we have access to more advanced digital assessment functionality. This will enable the expansion of our digital exam provision to support more modules and larger student cohorts in future.

Exam types that are possible with Inspera include:

  • Automatically marked questions, for example Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank and Hot Spot question types. See the full list of Inspera question types for more information.
  • Digital written exams that allow students to type their answers to written questions online.

For assessments that require specialist maths functionality, the Numbas open source maths e-assessment tool remains available for colleagues to use.

Inspera scan

A basic digital drawing tool can be made available for students to use when answering essay questions in Inspera.  If your students need to create more sophisticated drawings, or hand write content such as equations on paper, there is the option to use Inspera Scan. 

Inspera Scan enables students to hand draw part of an answer to a question in their Inspera exam. After the exam the completed sketch sheets will be returned to the School for scanning.  The scans are uploaded to Inspera and can be marked online as part of a student's answer to the relevant question. 

There are 2 different types of sketch sheet available, a Grid Sketch Sheet and a Blank Sketch Sheet.  If Inspera Scan is required for your exam, when you complete the digital exam form you will be required to how many of each type of sketch sheet each student sitting the exam will require. 

Further Help

Online guides for all Inspera functionality are available in the Inspera Help Centre.

If you have questions or would like to discuss a current or potential new digital exam with the Digital Assessment Service team, please email