The computer system at Norwegian business school BI crashed when 2,700 logged in at the same time to take a scheduled exam on Wednesday. After weeks of studying and preparation, the exam was effectively cancelled.
The problem affected BI’s operations in Oslo, Bergen, Troundheim and Stavanger. At precisely 1pm, the students in economics sat in front of their screens to launch into a multiple-choice exam in strategy.
“We were ready and we were allowed an hour to take the exam,” one student, Karen Aviaja Dahl, told state broadcaster NRK. “The seconds counted down and when it hit zero, the screen sent blank.” After reaction started swirling on social media, she quickly realized she wasn’t the only one with a problem. The college’s website, its communications system and exam portal had crashed.
Officials at BI apologized, blamed the problem on the technical and capacity problems tied to its server, and claimed they were working hard “with all available resources” to correct the problems. A new exam would be scheduled “as soon as possible,” BI reported.