Home exam with third party software

Information for students regarding home exams featuring third party software.

Norsk versjon - Hjemmeeksamen med tredjeparts programvare.

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This regards exams where the candidate will use of software during the exams to complete exercises. It may also include exams where the production of audio-visual materials are necessary.

Make sure you follow the information given by your course administrator regarding the exam. The software which may be used should be known to students who have followed the lectures. Some software will be available through download and be run on private computers, similar to assignments earlier in the semester.
In some circumstances, the software will be available through NTNUs terminalservers/VDI. This may be relevant for the situation where Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) limits the access to computer labs and school exams.


You are to use  your own computer during a home exam.
Safe Exam Browser will generally not be used during home exams

Follow general advice and preparations for your home exam.

It is important that you familiarize yourself with, and check that you have access to, the necessary software prior to the exam. You will find more information about how to access different software later on this page.

The software will be available through several different platforms. This depends on what software is necessary for the course.

Make sure you save regularly when using local software. Upload finished assignments to Inspera Assessment as you go.

Installing and using software locally on your computer

Students at NTNU can download and install provided software through software.ntnu.no

When working locally, remember to save often and preferably to a cloud-storage folder such as OneDrive.

Office 365 web apps

Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more Microsoft apps can be used without installation in your browser as web apps: https://innsida.ntnu.no/o365
Log in and you will find the web apps in the top left corner. Note: Most web apps do not contain full functionality compared to the desktop version.

Remote Desktop to terminal server (Programfarm - Examfarm)

Firstly you must log in to the terminal server where you may access all the necessary software as well as your home directory. We recommend that you finish the whole exercise where you are to use the software in remote desktop, so as to mitigate using file transfers between several computers.
The desktop solution is not openly available online, you will either need a gateway or using our VPN service.
How to configure RDP software with gateway can be found below:
Address: examfarm.ntnu.no


  1. Open the start menu
  2. Find Remote Desktop Connection either by searching in the search bar on the bottom of your screen, or by accessing it through Windows Accessories. Left-click to start the software.

  3. Input examfarm.ntnu.no , but don't click connect just yet. You need to add a Gateway address.

    Press “Show options" to access more options.

  4. To configure the gateway, press the Advanced tab. Then press Settings

  5. Fill in the sections as shown below.:


  1. Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the App store and install it.

  2. Start up the Microsoft Remote Desktop, klikk on the "+" button and choose "Add PC" to add examfarm.ntnu.no
  3. Click on the blue button with the two white arrows inside next to the username field and pick "Add user account".

  4. Type in your username@win.ntnu.no and password like the example here and then click on "ADD".

  5. You will also need to add the gateway address to be able to reach examfarm outside the campus. Click on the blue button with the white arrows next to the Gateway field. and pick "Add gateway".

  6. Type in rdgateway.it.ntnu.no in the "Gateway name" field and then pick the useraccount you just added in #4 from the dropdown menu. Then click on "Add".

  7. Type in examfarm.ntnu.no in the "PC name:" field and click on the "Add" button on the bottom of the window to add Examfarm as a clickable shortcut in Microsoft Remote Desktop.

  8. Double click on "Examfarm" in the main window in the Microsoft Remote Desktop program and you are now connecting to the examfarm.


  1. Press here for RDP-settings, please note that you must utilize gateway or VPN to access the client.

Remote desktop for exam computer

You will be given a designated computer to connect with remote desktop.
We recommend that you finish the whole exercise where you are to use the software in remote desktop, so as to mitigate using file transfers between several computers.

Note: You must be connected to VPN for this connection to work. "Gateway" must either be on automatic or blank.

You will be notified on email, with instructions sent to your student-emailaccount (yourusername@stud.ntnu.no) as soon as you are assigned an exam computer.
Please remember to check your email before the day of your exam.


  1. You must be connected to VPN to use this service. Start the VPN and login. As soon as you are connected you can open the start menu on your computer.
  2. Find “Remote desktop connection” either by searching in the start menu or by scrolling through the “windows accessories” folder. Left click to start the application.

  3. Press "Show options"
  4. Type in the name of the computer you have been assigned. Remember to put .win.ntnu.no after the name of the computer and @win.ntnu.no after your username as shown below. When this is done, open the “Advanced” tab.
  5. Press "Settings"
  6. Press "Automatically detect RD Gateway server settings" and choose OK.
  7. Scroll back to the “General” tab and make sure it looks correct. Then press “Connect” when you are ready.
  8. From there you will be asked to fill in a password. Enter your standard NTNU password and press OK.


  1. Use the RDP tool you feel the most confident using. If you are unsure then we recommend using Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.
    Below you will find a user guide to setting up Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.
  2. Start Microsoft Remote Desktop 10
  3. Add the machine you wish to connect to by pressing the + button at the top of the application, and then “Add PC”.
  4. Enter the name of the computer you have been assigned with .win.ntnu.no after the machine name. Then add your username by pressing the blue button with two hvite arrows next to the username input field, and choosing “Add user account”.
  5. To add the machine you have connected to as a shortcut in MS Remote Desktop, press “Add” at the bottom of the window. Double click the shortcut icon and press “Continue” on the pop-up window.


  1. Use the RDP-tool you prefer, but if you do not feel comfortable choosing we can recommend checking out this article.

Uploading files to Inspera Assessment.

Uploading files and attachments to Inspera Assessment

  1. As soon as you have completed an exercise, we recommend that you save the file with a recognizable file name and that you upload it to the exercise in Inspera. You will have the option to upload revised version multiple times, and only the last upload will be made available for the grader.

  2. If you wish to upload several files to the same exercise you may compress the files to a .Zip-format.
    1. Windows
      1. Right click the folder and press send to -> Compressed Folder

      2. From there you may follow point 1.0 on this page, and upload the file to the exercise.
        All NTNU exam computers have ZIP-software pre installed. You will have the option to compress files/folders when you right click them.
    2. MacOS
      Follow this user guide for instructions on how to compress files on Mac.
    3. Linux
      Use the method you are the most comfortable using, but remember to compress the file to an accepted file format. The safest option will always be .Zip.
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