Installing SofTest for Windows
SofTest runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows. The current version of SofTest will run on Windows 8.
The ExamSoft Website
To start the installation process, go to www.examsoft.com/cwsl. <--Clicking on this link will open the ExamSoft site in a new window, so you can
keep these instructions open while you are the ExamSoft site.
your Student ID and SofTest password. This is not the same
network ID and password that
use to log on to the computers or email here at school. This ID
and password were sent to you via email. For the Spring 2013
final exams, this email was sent from email@example.com on 3/5/2013.
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 question
mark next to the password field to have your ExamSoft username
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 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
log in, you will have a chance to change it.
Once you have
logged in, you will see
one of two screens. If you have already paid for SofTest
September 1, 2012, you will get this screen:
If you see this screen, you can skip the
next section, and go down to "Changing
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.
ExamSoft does their
licensing a little differently than most software makers. The
is thirty dollars for one academic year. Your thirty dollars
cover you from the first of September, to the end of August of the
following year, regardless of when you purchase the license.
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
You can install the Software on more
computer. So if you get halfway through the year, and you buy
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
for exams at another school, or for the Bar exam, you will have to pay
for an additional license for those exams.
Once you are logged in, on
the left hand side of the screen, there are several choices.
Click on "Change Account Info". Here you can set a new
on your account. When our Faculty Support department creates
ExamSoft account, the system automatically creates a randomly
generated and impossible to remember password. Here you can set
password which you can actually remember. You will need this
password later. You should have your Student ID and Password
available any time you are taking an exam, in case it is needed. Note:
In this same section you also have a chance to change the email address
where ExamSoft sends notices. Don't do it! All ExamSoft
email should go to your CWSL email address, even if you are forwarding
all of your CWSL email to another address.
And Install The Software
On the ExamSoft web page, on the left hand side, click on the button that says Download SofTest. This will open another window. Follow the directions to download and install the program.
(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 for your Student
and Password, to register your copy of SofTest. When you
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.
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
exam file that must be used for that exam. You should
the exam files prior to exam day.
To download the exam files manually,
start SofTest, then click on the "Download Exam Files"
You will be prompted for your Student ID and Password again.
After entering your ID, you will get a list of exam
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
the list. Hold down the Shift key, and click on the last file
the list. This will mark all of the files at once.
the Download button, and all of the files will download to your
If at any time, you need help installing SofTest, see your
computer technicians in the Student Computer Lab in the Library.
Next: Taking An Exam