With any assessment, teachers are always concerned about academic integrity and ensuring a fair environment for their students. As an assessment solution, we pride ourselves on the measures we take to prevent academic dishonesty and staying updated on the latest concerns from our instructor base.

All of the features below are specifically designed with Academic Integrity in mind:

Safe Mode

If you are concerned about the integrity of your assessments, Safe Mode is for you. You can read more about safe mode here and see why it's the best way to secure your assessments. (Note: Safe Mode is disabled by default in instructor accounts. To activate Safe Mode, visit your account preferences page.)

Start Date

The start date on Extempore controls when the assessment is available for students to complete. Setting an assignment to open at a future time means that students will not be able to access this assessment until then.

Single Attempt

Prevents a student from seeing the question and being able to back out to look it up.

If a student opens a single attempt question and DOES NOT submit a response (because of refreshing the page, closing the browser, or losing internet) the student will be locked out of the question. This is helpful for two reasons: (1) You know the student opened the question and viewed the contents, and (2) students cannot navigate back to the page after looking up an answer. The teacher can always unlock attempts, allowing students to get back in.

Timed Limitations

Extempore means "Spontaneous" in Latin and our proprietary timers ensure student responses are spontaneous and unscripted. Read more about timed limitations here.

  • Time to Review - Limits the amount of time students have to review the prompt and prepare their responses. Recordings begin automatically when time to review ends.
  • Time to Respond - The maximum recording length for students.

Written Responses

Another safeguard on Extempore is the prevention of pasted text into responses. All written responses must be physically typed by the student.

Multiple Choice

Answer choices on multiple choice questions are always randomized. This is particularly helpful when adding audio/video options for students.

Publish Grades Manually

We recommend this feature for high-stakes assessments. By default, grades are set to publish immediately. When creating an assessment, select "publish grades manually" to control when students can see grades, feedback, and submissions. This prevents some students from seeing scores and answers before others can.

Accepting Late Work

By default, students can submit responses after the due date, but these will be marked as ‘late’ on the grading tab. To prevent students from accessing a assessment after the closing date, disable this feature in your preferences.


Lockdown Browser - If students leave the Extempore tab during a single-attempt question, they will see a popup upon their return to the Extempore page, warning them that this activity has been recorded. On the grading page, teachers will be able to see the amount of times navigated away from the assessment.

Randomizing Questions - An option to randomize the question order for students.

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