Take an Exam in SYLVA

Learn how to take a timed or untimed exam, including how to change and submit answers.

SYLVA allows you to take exams for your course from the convenience of your personal laptop. We will review the basics of how to:

  1. Access the exam and review the rules
  2. Answer questions and save answers
  3. Change answers
  4. Submit the exam

Access the exam and review the rules

On the main dashboard, click Assessment.

Click the relevant course. All assessments for the course are listed. The assessment deadlines (if any) are provided next to the assessment name.

If the assessment is available to start, you will be able to click on the name. If the assessment is not yet accessible, you will not be able to click on the name.

Click the final exam to access the file. The Introduction & Rules of the exam are provided. Read the information carefully.

To officially start the exam, click Start Exam at the end of the Introduction & Rules.

Important Notes:

  • For timed exams the timer will immediately start when you click Start Exam.
  • The timer is displayed at the top and counts once the Start Exam button is clicked regardless of closing the tab or logging out of SYLVA.
  • If you face technical errors during the assignment, you can refresh the page or close the browser. You can still access the exam before the deadline or timer runs out.

Exam Availability: All students must be checked in by their instructors in order to take the exam. If you cannot access the exam after the start time and the screen instead shows the alert "Exam Not Available", inform your instructor immediately.

Answer questions and submit answers

For multiple choice style questions, select your preferred answer by clicking the toggle button.

Click Submit answer to save your answer.

We must click Submit answer for each question, otherwise the answer is erased if we navigate away from the page.

For free response style questions, type your answer in the available text box. Remember to click Submit answer.

If there are conditions for acceptable answers, we will see an error notification when we submit an unacceptable answer.

Remember to click Submit answer each time to save your answers.

We can go back to previously submitted answers by clicking the white arrows or the black circle icons on the bottom toolbar.

Change answers

After we click Submit answer for each question, the answer is saved and the screen moves to the next question.

When we go back to answered questions, we can preview our saved answer.

If you would like to revise your answer, click Change Answer. Your original answer will be deleted. You must click Submit Answer after providing your new one, otherwise the question will be left unanswered.

If you would like to leave a question unanswered (e.g., due to negative points for incorrect answers), leave the question blank by not saving an answer.

Submit the exam

The exam must be completed and submitted by the deadline.

Exams with a timed duration will be automatically submitted once the counter hits 0:00.

On the last page of the exam, click Submit Your Assessment.

If you have left any questions unanswered, you will receive a pop-up notification. There are two options to proceed:

  • Answer these questions - If you would like to review the unanswered questions and submit answers for them.
  • Submit assessment - Continue to submit the assessment and leave the questions unanswered.

You will receive a last pop-up notification asking to confirm you would like to submit the assessment.

Once you have submitted the exam, you cannot revise your answers or resubmit. Click Submit.

Finally, we will see the pop-up notification stating Assessment submitted. Click Ok.

Once the instructor has reviewed and graded the assessment, the grades will be published and available for you to view under Evaluation.


Conveniently take assessments for your course on SYLVA. Be sure to pay attention to your course schedule and deadlines. From Assessments, you can access your self-tests, assignments, and exams. Pay attention to the introductory information and rules provided by your instructor. For each question you answer, be sure to click Submit answer. You have the option to change your answer during the assessment. After you finish the entire assessment, submit your work by clicking Submit Your Assessment. Good luck!