In-Term Assessments

In-term assessments refer to all assessments that are due before the final exam period. Please check your assessment instructions for more details. If unclear, contact your teacher.

System Requirements

Make sure to check your Operating System and Internet Browser before attempting an assessment/exam with Inspera. Install new versions of the browsers and enable the following:

  • Cookies
  • Popups (in both internet browser and security software)
  • Javascript

On-Campus Invigilation Preparation

The steps below relate to what you need to do to take your on-campus invigilated in-term assessment. You are strongly advised to follow these steps. Please note that some are required before coming to campus for your test. 

Essential steps for students: Before test day

  1. Know your UNSW zID and password. You will need these to access your Inspera test. 
  2. Check you can access UNSW's Uniwide Wi-Fi network using your zID and password. 
  3. Download the UNSW compatible version of SEB from the Inspera Student Resource section on the UNSW Student Gateway. 
  4. Read the SEB FAQs and Network Issues Guide for in-term assessments
  5. Set up MFA on your smartphone
  6. Take an SEB Practice Test - either one created by the course convenor for this purpose, or the generic Practice Test available on the UNSW Inspera Student Resource Page. 

Essential steps for students: On test day

  1. Bring a fully-charged smartphone to the test room. You'll need this to respond to MFA when prompted.
  2. Bring a fully-charged laptop with which you have full administrative access. Admin access is required if you need to change your computer settings for SEB and Inspera to run properly. 
  3. Connect to uniwide (UNSW's Wi-Fi network).

Safe Exam Browser (SEB)

Safe Exam Browser (SEB) is a web browser environment to carry out e-assessments safely and maximize the security aspects of any exams. The software turns any computer temporarily into a secure workstation and limits the use of certain applications and unauthorized resources (e.g., browse websites, take screenshots, screen sharing) on your device during an exam. It doesn't send any personal information to any centralized server and is not connected to any web analytics, user tracking or clickstream analytics service. For your final exam to function in SEB, it first needs to be launched from your web browser. We recommend you have the latest operating system and browser

Install the UNSW compatible version of Safe Exam Browser for Mac or Windows from the links below. If you download SEB from elsewhere online, your UNSW Inspera test may not work.

Install SEB

SEB for Mac (version 3.2.5)

SEB for Windows (version 3.5.0)

Canberra On-Campus Final Exams

Students taking an on-campus invigilated final exam at UNSW's Canberra campus, please check your assessment instructions for whether or not SEB is required for your on-campus exams. 

Inspera Safe Exam Browser Preparation: Practice Test

Follow the steps below to prepare for your on-campus invigilated exam in Safe Exam Browser:

Important! Please install the UNSW compatible version of SEB for Mac or Windows from the links above. If you download SEB from elsewhere online, your UNSW Inspera test may not work. If you have installed SEB for a past exam in a previous term, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the version from the links above.

  1. Before you begin, save your work and shutdown all background apps and programs. Use Task Manager to ensure you close all background apps and browsers. You may need to disable or uninstall screen-sharing (e.g., TeamViewer) and gaming (e.g., Steam) applications
  2. Install Safe Exam Browser from the links on this page. 
  3. Take the same laptop on which you have installed SEB to your exam. Please make sure you have full admin rights to your laptop to ensure successful installation of SEB.  
  4. Access the Practice Test here, or login to Inspera and go to Demo Tests.       

  5. Click Start test in Safe Exam Browser when you are ready to close other programs and start the Practice Test. Test Password: 12345a Quit Password: 1234 Note: If the test doesn't open, try a private/ incognito window on your browser. ​

Important! You will be given the Test Password to your final / supplementary exam by the Exam Supervisor before the start of your test on the day of your exam.


A sample window of the SEB


Should you wish to uninstall SEB from your own device after your Inspera test, or experience any issues during installation, click on these links to uninstall SEB on Mac or Windows


Accessing Inspera

Log directly into Inspera.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

UNSW is implementing MFA for staff and students. MFA provides an additional layer of security to help protect the University and your account (zID) from unauthorised access. You must have access to your smartphone in case you are prompted for MFA before your assessment. Click here to find out more! 

Appearance & Accessibility

Click the hamburger icon on the top right corner of your test page to access the appearance options. You can change the colour of the screen, adjust the text size, and use "Text to Speech" if this feature is made available for your assessment or exam.  For more details, download the information guide or watch this short video on Inspera's appearance and accessibility features.

Submission Types


Check your assessment instructions for whether your in-term assessments and/ or tests have auto-submission settings enabled. If unclear, ask your teacher.  

When completing an in-term assessment with auto-submission enabled, Inspera will automatically submit your answers at the designated test end-time, even if you have NOT clicked the Submit now button. When you submit your in-term assessment, a message will show that is has been submitted.




If you have NOT submitted your assessment by the end-time, a message will appear on your screen. Your test will auto-submit at the test end-time.




File Upload

File upload is when students write the answer in an external software, such as Excel or Word, and upload the final answer as a file in the question. This question type does not save if there is a loss of connection to the internet during a test. It is recommended that students reupload their assignment once they establish an internet connection.

Reach out to your teacher if you are unable to upload the file or cannot re-establish an internet connection prior to your assessment end time. 




Accessing Results & Feedback

Your teacher ​​​will provide further instructions on accessing your results and/or feedback for your in-term assessments in Inspera.  

If your teacher has enabled the Candidate Report setting in Inspera, then you can see your feedback via your Inspera Student Dashboard once your teacher has released your marks and feedback.

  1. Log into Inspera
  2. Navigate to your test
  3. Click See more details
  4. Click View Report

Network Issues

Check your assessment instructions for whether there are specific directions to follow should you lose connectivity during your in-term assessment. If unclear, please check with your teacher.  

If you lose connectivity, stay calm! Do not panic. Your answers are saved in the browser cache you are using. Keep doing your test. Any changes or additions to your answers will be saved in your browser and will be uploaded to Inspera when your Internet reconnects. For a general process on what to do, this Network Issues During In-Term Assessments Guide contains instructions you can choose to follow in the event you cannot reconnect to the internet for the remainder of your assessment. 


  • Don't close your browser
  • Don't clear your browser cache
  • Don't switch computers
  • The most recent answers are auto-submitted at the end of the test, even if you don't click the submit button or make changes later.




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