JD-Next Exam Information
JD-Next Exam Format and Length
The JD-Next Exam is timed and includes essay and multiple-choice sections. The total combined time for the JD-Next Exam (essay and multiple-choice) is 4 hours, which includes a 10-minute break midway through the exam. The essay is not graded but will be used as a timed, secured writing sample in law school applications. The essay will be a timed section of 30 minutes. The multiple-choice section includes 80 questions across 15 topics. There are 60 graded questions, plus 20 ungraded questions that allow JD-Next to validate new exam questions for future use. The test taker will not be aware of which questions are graded or ungraded. Test takers will have 200 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.
Device Specifications and System Requirements:
The JD-Next Exam is delivered remotely using Territorium’s EdTest.ai assessment platform.
The exam requires LockDown Browser. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer.
System Requirements for LockDown Browser:
Windows 10 & 11 (64-bit)- “S mode” and “SE” are not compatible
MacOS 10.15 to 13.0, Sonoma not supported
Windows: 2 GB RAM
Mac: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space
Windows: 200 MB of free hard disk space
Mac: 200 MB of free hard disk space
* iPads and Chromebooks are not yet supported. This page will be updated when support for these or other unlisted devices are supported.
Additional System Requirements for JD-Next Exam:
JD-Next test takers will need to use their computer’s camera and microphone to set up the online, live remote-proctored session. All timing of the exam will be implemented within the Territorium EdTest.ai assessment interface.
AI proctoring will be used to monitor the test taker and the visible test area for anomalies. Anomalies may trigger the test to be paused and reviewed by a live proctor, who may determine to terminate the exam based on video review of the anomaly. This time will count toward the 4-hour time limit.
Items in Workspace
Please closely review the list of allowed Personal Medical and Other Items that are allowed in the workspace, and which items require pre-approval through the Accommodations Request process.
Remote Exam Requirements
In order for you to take the remotely proctored exam, you must comply with the following requirements regarding the location and workspace that you use to take the JD-Next Exam:
A) The location that you use for taking the exam must be a quiet and private location that is not viewable or accessible by other individuals during the exam (e.g., you may not take the exam in a location with glass walls, in a cubicle, or in a public space);
B) The workspace that you use for purposes of taking the exam shall contain only those items that are permitted under the Approved Items and shall not contain any prohibited items or any other items not explicitly permitted;
C) At all times during the exam, the computer that you use for purposes of taking the exam must be placed on a desk, table, countertop, or other solid surface;
D) In order for you to be able to take the exam, you are required to use either a desktop or laptop computer. Any use of a tablet, Chromebook, or any other mobile device that is not either a desktop or laptop computer during the exam is strictly prohibited;
E) Any desktop or laptop computer that you use during the exam is required to have a fully operational and active licensed version of the computer’s operating system (either Windows or Mac). Any inactive, unlicensed, or test-mode versions of the computer’s operating system are prohibited and may not be used by you during the exam;
F) At all times during the exam and subject to any accommodations granted to you by JD-Next allowing otherwise, you must be seated in a chair so that your eye level is parallel with your computer’s camera view. You are not permitted to sit on the floor or on anything other than a chair during the exam. You are not permitted to obstruct, block, or otherwise impair your computer’s camera view or otherwise disable or hinder your computer camera’s functionality at any time during the exam; and
G) You are not permitted to connect your computer to a VPN, private or incognito-mode browser settings, or hot spot at any time during the exam.
At Aspen Publishing’s sole discretion, any violation of these Remote Exam Requirements may result in your dismissal from the exam, or cancellation of your exam and/or exam score. In the event that Aspen Publishing dismisses you from the exam and/or cancels your exam and/or exam score, you will not be entitled to any refund of any fees paid by you to Aspen Publishing for the exam.
Prior to your selected exam date, you will be required to complete an Exam Simulation on the Territorium EdTest.ai platform. The purposes of the simulation are to:
- Set up your EdTest.ai account
- Familiarize yourself with the test environment prior to the exam date
- ID validation using your testing device to capture your current image and your identification. These two pieces of evidence must be approved prior to testing and will be used during proctoring.
- Check that you have proper identification that matches the name you provided on your JD-Next Exam registration
- Enable facial recognition to be used on the exam date
- Check your that your device meets all system requirements
- Install any necessary software such as Lockdown Browser that will be used during the exam
- Complete a demographic survey that enables the JD-Next team to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of the JD-Next program
Required Items for the Exam Simulation
You are required to bring to the Exam Simulation either a physical, valid international passport or a physical, valid government-issued identification (with such government-issued identification being issued by the United States of America, U.S. Territories, or Canada). Your physical, valid government-issued identification must be current (or if expired, such expiration must have occurred within three (3) months of the exam date) and contain: (a) a recent and recognizable photo of only you; (b) your first name (which must match the legal first name associated with your JD-Next Exam registration); (c) your last name (which must match the legal last name associated with your JD-Next Exam registration); and (d) your date of birth. If you do not present an acceptable form of identification, you will not be able to complete the Exam Simulation. Completion of the Exam Simulation during the allotted open simulation time period is a requirement for taking the JD-Next Exam. If you do not complete the Exam Simulation, you will be denied access to the exam, your exam registration will be canceled, and you will forfeit any registration fees paid. If you are denied access to the test, you will not be eligible for any refunds or reimbursement for any costs incurred by you related to or attributable to your registration for the exam.
Instructions and Timelines
You will receive instructions for accessing and completing the Exam Simulation from the JD-Next team after the course start date and before the Exam Simulation time period opens. You will be given several days to complete the Exam Simulation at a time that is convenient for you. The Exam Simulation will take approximately 15-30 minutes once started.
For the December 2023 exam administration, you will receive your simulation test code and instructions on November 8. At that time you can set up your account in the exam software. You will be able to start the exam simulation on November 13th and will need to complete it by November 16th.
For the Exam Simulation, you must use the device on which you intend to take the JD-Next Exam. Please refer to the Device Specifications and System Requirements