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Florida A&M University College of Law recognizes that institutions and organizations are increasingly integrating technology into testing. The College of Law now offers students the ability to take law school exams using their laptop computer in courses where professors have opted to use the ExamSoft SofTest software. As a result, the College encourages students to take advantage of the current computer technology available with ExamSoft. The Florida Board of Law Examiners utilizes SofTest. By using the software during your studies at Florida A&M, you can become familiar with ExamSoft and eliminate the uncertainty of utilizing it during the bar exam if you choose to do so.
Please take a moment and read the following information. By registering for SofTest you acknowledge you have read, understand and agree with all the policies, procedures and warnings contained in this document.
What is SofTest™ from ExamSoft?
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.
Will SofTest work on my computer?
SofTest can be used on virtually any modern computer (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years).Specific system requirements are noted below:
PC System Requirements:
It is not possible to take secure exams through a virtual operating system such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels or VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual operating system environment. Although SofTest can be installed and registered on virtual platforms, it will only be enabled for non-secure Practice Exams.
Apple Macintosh Users
SofTest Mac is available.
In order to use SofTest on your Apple Macbook or Macbook Pro, you must have:
What is the Registration Process?
In order to be eligible to take a computer exam, a student must:
The Registration Process involves the 4-steps needed to sign up to use and register SofTest.
Step 1: Log In – (30 seconds) enter your Student ID# and password
Step 2: Download SofTest– Downloading SofTest takes minutes on high-speed Internet connections and 30 – 60 minutes on dial-up connections
Step 3: Reeboot 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 firstname.lastname@example.org call toll-free 866.429.8889 ext. 114.
Step 4: Mock Exam – (5-10 minutes) To familiarize yourself with the software prior to exam day, you will take a mock exam
What Student ID number do I use in Step 1 ?
Sign up with ExamSoft in Step 1 using your FAMU Student ID number.
Can I practice using SofTest before the exam?
Yes. After registering SofTest, launch the program by double-clicking the SofTest icon on your Windows Desktop. Click the “LAUNCH SOFTEST” button. On the SofTest Start Window, select the “Practice Exam” button. Click “Yes” to take the Practice Exam and then “Yes” again to take it in secure mode. This enables you to familiarize yourself with the SofTest exam environment. You may use the Practice Exam as many times as you wish. Note that the Practice Exam cannot be saved, cannot be used until SofTest is registered, but can be printed during the exam.
What Should I do Prior to Exam Day?
What Must I do on Exam Day ?
Other Things You Need To Know
Florida A&M University College of Law 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 can not 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 his 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 unfortunately 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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you have any additional questions or encounter issues in your use of SofTest, visit www.examsoft.com/faq.