Exam Tips

  • Laptop exam files and answer files are delivered wirelessly.  Therefore, it is necessary that your computer be enabled with wireless capability or have a wireless network card.  Additionally, you will need to have your computer configured so that you have access to the law school’s wireless network.

    Any attempt to disable or tamper with softest’s security features will be considered a violation of the university honor code.

    It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with your equipment and the softest software and instructions provided by examsoft on its web site prior to the start of your exam. Please allow yourself sufficient time to become familiar with your laptop and the application.

    Commencement of the exam will not be delayed due to a hardware or software problem with your laptop, in the scheduled laptop takers exam room, nor will you be provided additional time to take your exam.

    Before the Exam

    Make sure you have downloaded, installed and registered the latest version of SofTest for Windows or SofTest for Mac on your laptop.

    Try to arrive to your exam room at least 1hr before the start of your exam. This gives you additional time to seek assistance if there is an issue with SofTest on your laptop.

    Familiarize yourself with SofTest by utilizing the built-in Practice Exam feature.

    Make sure to download your exam file well before the exam day. You have up to 1hr before the start of your scheduled exam to download your exam file. This includes if you are taking an accommodated exam on a different date/time. 

    Remember to bring your laptop power adapter with you on Exam day.

    Make sure you power light is on to ensure that it is getting external power.

    Use the instructions that will be provided to you on exam day to launch SofTest and access your exam file.
    Immediately before SofTest launches the exam, you will be provided a warning screen with RED STOP SIGNS indicating that you should not begin the exam until instructed to do so. Heed this warning.

    Check your power settings on your laptop to ensure that your laptop is set to not go into sleep mode or hibernation mode:
    Power Schemes – All options should be set to 'Never'.
    Hibernate – This feature should NOT be enabled.
    If you have any security suite or firewall software on your computer (Norton 360, McAfee , Kapersky,etc.) disable this before starting SofTest until after the exam is over. Many of these programs have settings that prevent SofTest from running properly.

     

    During the Exam

    If you encounter computer difficulty during the exam that prevents you from typing, immediately start handwriting where you left off. After the exam, notify the proctor or an IT representative to get assistance with getting your typed answer file off your laptop.

    If you need to take a break, you can hide your softest window by selecting View then “Hide Exam”.

    After the Exam 

    Make sure to collect your exam materials and place them in your envelope and turn in to your proctor.

    Make sure you are connected to the wireless network to upload your answer file.

    DO NOT leave the exam room before you have uploaded your answer file. If you finish your exam early and have difficulty uploading your answer file to examsoft, stop by the IT office for assistance.

    Make sure you receive the “successful upload” confirmation message before closing your laptop. You will also get an email confirmation of successful exam upload.