Installing SofTest for Mac - California Western School of Law
Installing SofTest for Mac
To run SofTest on your Macintosh computer, you must be running
10.6, Snow Leopard, or above. SofTest will not run on OS X 10.5,
Leopard. If you are running Leopard, you must upgrade to a newer
version of OS X.
Go To The ExamSoft Website
To start the installation process, go to www.examsoft.com/cwsl.
Enter your Student ID and SofTest password. This is not the
network ID and password that you use to log on to the computers or
email here at school. This ID and password were sent to you via email.
If you have trouble finding the email that has your Student ID
password, you can have it sent to you again. Click on the question mark
next to the password field to have your ExamSoft username and password
sent to you via email. This email will go to your CWSL email account.
The Student ID is your CWSL Student ID number, the same one
is on your CWSL ID card, so that is easy to remember, or at least easy
to find. The password, however, is randomly generated, and nearly
impossible to remember. Once you log in, you will have a
chance to change
Once you have logged in, you will see one of two screens. If
have already paid for SofTest since September 1, 2013, you will see the
screen. This is where you can see which exam files you have
downloaded, and which answer files have been uploaded:
To get to other functions on the web page, click the SofTest link at the
top of the page.
If you see this screen, you can skip the Paying For SofTest
section, and go down to
And Install The Software.
If you have not yet paid for SofTest, you will get this
Go through the form, and enter your credit card information to
pay for the software.
Paying For SofTest
ExamSoft does their licensing a little differently than most
software makers. The cost is thirty dollars for one academic year. Your
thirty dollars will cover you from the first of September, to the end
of August of the following year, regardless of when you purchase the
For example, if you purchase your SofTest license in October
2012, your license is good until August of 2013. If you purchase your
SofTest license in July of 2013, your license is good until August of
2013, and you will need to purchase a new license for exams in the fall
You can install the Software on more than one computer. So if
get halfway through the year, and you buy a new computer, your SofTest
license will allow you to install SofTest on the new computer without
paying an additional charge.
The SofTest license you purchase here is only good for exams
CWSL. If you use SofTest for exams at another school, or for the Bar
exam, you will have to pay for an additional license for those exams.
And Install The Software
On the ExamSoft web site, make sure you are on the SofTest page, not
Find the section titled "Install & Register SofTest",
and click on the Download
This will open another window. Click on the link to
the program. This will download a file named SofTestMac11.dmg. A dmg
file is a disc image file, it acts much like a CD or DVD disc. When you
open the dmg file, it acts as a mounted drive. You see this on your
When you open this drive, you will find two items: Install
SofTest.mpkg, and Uninstaller.
This is the install program. Double-click on it, and follow the
directions to install the SofTest program. During the
installation, you will need your account password for your
computer. This is the password for the computer, not your CWSL network
If you get a message saying "Install SofTest.mpkg" can't be
opened because it is from an unidentified developer, you
will need to take an extra step to override the security settings. Click
here for instructions.
Once the program is installed, you can delete/eject the drive
icon from your desktop.
Once SofTest is installed, it will ask for your Student ID and
Password, to register your copy of SofTest. When you enter the Student
ID and password, SofTest will then be registered to you for CWSL on
your computer. Once the registration is complete, SofTest will
automatically download your exam files for you, or will prompt you to
download your exam files.
Downloading The Exam Files
The Exam File is essentially the blank form you use for your
Think of an Exam File as the electronic version of a blank blue book.
Each exam has a specific exam file that must be used for that exam. You
should download the exam files prior to exam day.
To download the exam files manually, start SofTest, then click
the "Download Exam Files" button. You will be prompted for your Student
ID and Password again. After entering your ID, you will get a list of
exam files. Download the exam files, and you are ready to go.
Here is a quick way to download all the files at once: Click
first file on the list. Hold down the Shift key, and click on the last
file on the list. This will mark all of the files at once. Click the
Download button, and all of the files will download to your computer.
Taking An Exam