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
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 link that
says "Lost Student ID or Password?" You can enter your
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
The Student ID is your CWSL Student ID number, the same one
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 Download
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
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.
Once SofTest is installed, go ahead and run it. It will ask
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.
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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