ExamSoft (Exams on Laptops)

Using Examsoft

Florida A&M University College of Law utilizes ExamSoft as an alternative to the traditional method of taking a law school exam.  SofTest is an exam delivery module licensed by ExamSoft Worldwide Inc.  The program serves as a simplified word processor that enables students to take an examination on a laptop computer.  In an effort to avoid the vulnerabilities of most computer-based testing solutions, SofTest provides instructor the ability to lock down all Windows applications thereby providing exam security and reducing the risk of violations of the student Code of Conduct.

In order to be eligible to take a computer exam, a student must register with ExamSoft at our ExamSoft Custom Home Page located at https://www.examsoft.com/famulaw

The Registration Process involves the 4-steps needed to sign up to use and register SofTest.

Step 1: Sign up – (2 minutes) Enter your first and last name, email address, ID# and password

Step 2: Log In – (30 seconds) Enter your Student ID# and password

Step 3: Download – Downloading SofTest takes minutes on high-speed Internet connections and 30 – 60 minutes on dial-up connections

Step 4: Qualification Exam – (5-10 minutes) To familiarize yourself with the software prior to exam day, you will take a mock exam

Step 5: Register SofTest – (1 minute) Once registered, you will be notified on-screen that you have completed the process and you will also receive a confirmation email to the address you provided in Step 1. Note that you must register SofTest by deadline provide to you by Florida A&M or you must hand write your exam. If you have any questions or issues with registration, contact ExamSoft technical support at support@examsoft.com or call toll-free (866) 429-8889 ext. 114.

Sign up with ExamSoft in Step 1 using your FAMU Student ID number. 

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Use of ExamSoft falls within the rules, regulations, and academic policies that govern students at the Florida A&M University College of Law. Any attempt to disable or tamper with SofTest’s security features will be considered a violation of the student Code of Conduct.

Student use of ExamSoft is a privilege and not a right.  The College of Law cannot guarantee that all exams can be administered through ExamSoft or that all professors will permit the usage of the software in taking their exams.

Students use ExamSoft at their own risk.  It is the student’s responsibility to familiarize himself or herself with their equipment and the SofTest software and instructions provided by Examsoft on its website prior to the start of their exam. Students should allow themselves sufficient time to become familiar with their laptop and the application. 

Commencement of the exam will not be delayed due to a hardware problem with a laptop.

While the College of Law proctors would like to resolve a computer or software problem during the exam, they are prohibited from assisting you. If a computer or software problem occurs, you will be required to finish writing the exam by hand. Please note: you will not receive additional time to take your exam if you experience computer or software problems. It is your responsibility to keep track of the time and to complete the exam in the allotted time.

Exams taken on ExamSoft will be administered in the same room with all other students.  The College of Law strongly encourages you to bring your own earplugs.

IMPORTANT EXAMINATION INFORMATION

What Should I do Prior to Exam Day?

Register SofTest prior to the date(s) of your exam(s). Note that you can re-download SofTest on additional computers for use as backups, however, you can typically only download exam files once so only do so on the computer you intend to use on exam day.

Ensure: (1) that your PC meets the specifications listed above, (2) that there is plenty of free hard drive space, (3) that your PC is virus free, and (4) that your PC is free of disk errors by running SCANDISK (click Start Button, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scandisk or Disk Cleanup).

Once you have installed and registered SofTest, familiarize yourself with the software by utilizing the built-in Practice Exam feature.

SofTest’s opening screen asks for an ID#. Be sure to acquire this number prior to exam day.

Locate your A/C – battery power indicator light on your laptop to determine which light indicates you are running on A/C power (i.e. power from a wall outlet).

Ensure that your battery is charged prior to the exam in the event there is a temporary power outage.

What Must I do on Exam Day ?

Bring your power cord and battery (in the event of power loss).

Arrive at the exam room at least 30 minutes early, plug your computer into a power outlet, turn on the computer, and follow the instructions provided.

Do not uninstall SofTest until you receive your exam scores at the end of the academic year.

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.

Exams will not be delayed or suspended due to computer problems.

During the exam, use care when highlighting and deleting.

Students who do not take the time to become familiar with their laptop computer or with its word processing functions, should consider handwriting their exams. No administrative relief will be granted for incorrect use of the software.

Once you are finished typing your exam, you will save and exit the exam, your computer will automatically reboot, and it will then take 90 seconds for your exam to automatically upload. This is to ensure your wireless connectivity is enabled first. If there is no wireless connection within 90 seconds it will prompt you to hit the upload button. Do not leave the exam room until you have uploaded your exam and you receive a message saying “your exam has been successfully uploaded.” Failure to upload your exam before leaving the exam room may result in your exam not being graded.

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