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Time zones and planned exams

When you schedule a planned exam, it's the local time zone setting on your computer that will apply to that planned exam. Most computers today will automatically adjust the time zone settings for you, but that's not always the case. It is important to check the local time zone setting that is set on your computer before you plan an exam, otherwise the exam could start at a different time than you had planned.

After you have scheduled a planned exam using your local time, the exam’s planned start time will convert to the student’s local time. For example, an exam created and planned in the United Kingdom with a scheduled start at 9 a.m. will start at 10 a.m. in Sweden.

The examples below have times that use UTC standard. You can find more information about UTC here.

Example 1:

A teacher in Sweden (UTC+1) schedules a planned exam that will start at 2:00 p.m. the same day.

A student taking the exam is from Japan but is currently in Sweden to take the exam. The student has forgotten to change the time zone settings to Swedish time on his computer and still has the Japanese time zone (UTC+9). Therefore, this student will see, through the DigiExam client, that the exam will start at 10:00 p.m. even though they are in Sweden.

The exam is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m, and that is the time the student will be able to start the exam even though the DigiExam client states 10:00 p.m. If the student had been in Japan, then the exam would have started at 10:00 p.m., which corresponds to the Swedish time of 2:00 p.m.

Example 2:

A teacher is at a conference in New York, US (UTC -5). They schedule an exam to start at 12:00 p.m. in five days time.

When the students take the exam, the teacher is back in Sweden to monitor. Therefore, all students have Swedish time zone settings on their computers, which means the DigiExam client will show that the exam will start at 6:00 p.m. because the time isn’t 12:00 p.m. in New York.

In this case, the teacher needs to edit the scheduled exam and manually activate it so that students don’t have to wait six hours before they can start.

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