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Installing SofTest for Windows - California Western School of Law
Installing SofTest for Windows


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 same 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 and password, you can have it sent to you again. Click on the link that says "Lost Student ID or Password?"   You can enter your student ID number, or your email address, and the Student ID and password will be sent to you via email.   This email will go to your CWSL email account.

Enter Student ID and Password

The Student ID is your CWSL Student ID number, the same one that 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 your password.

Once you have logged in, you will see one of two screens. If you have already paid for SofTest since September 1, 2013, you will see the Assessments History screen.  This is where you can see which exam files you have downloaded, and which answer files have been uploaded:

ExamSoft Account Screen

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 Download and Install The Software.

If you have not yet paid for SofTest, you will get this screen.

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 license.

For example, if you purchase your SofTest license in October of 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 of 2013.

You can install the Software on more than one computer. So if you 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 at 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.


Download And Install The Software

On the ExamSoft web site, make sure you are on the SofTest page, not the History page.


Find the section titled "Install & Register SofTest", and click on the Download button.  

Follow the directions to download and install the software.

(I don't have step-by-step instructions for this, because it varies depending on which browser you have).


.NET Framework 4

SofTest requires the .NET Framework Version 4. ( ".NET" is pronounced "dot net") If your computer already has .NET 4 installed, it will just go ahead an install SofTest. If you do not have .NET 4 installed, you will get a dialog box telling you that you have to install it. Click Yes, and it will take you to the Microsoft web page where you can download and install it.

Once the .NET 4 install is complete, go back and run the SofTest install program again.


Register SofTest

Once SofTest is installed, go ahead and run it. 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 exam. 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 on 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 on the 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.

If at any time, you need help installing SofTest, see your computer technicians in the Student Computer Lab in the Library.

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