On 31 October, some 700 Law students will take their examinations on university laptops all at the same time. This is the first time that so many first-year students will simultaneously take an exam digitally. Utrecht University has been working on building its digital testing facilities for several years, and the flexibility of working with laptops for this purpose is unique in the Netherlands.
In 2015, Utrecht University was the first higher education institution in the Netherlands to begin using the small, budget-friendly Chromebooks for digital testing. Since then, the amount of exams taken digitally has grown from 8% to nearly one-third. Students have also indicated their preference for digital testing in a survey.
In the meantime, the number of digital testing stations across the whole university has been expanded to 1,100. As a result, it is now possible for all degree programmes – that includes the large first-year Law and Psychology courses as well – to administer simultaneous digital exams.