SofTest Mock Exams - California Western School of Law
SofTest Mock Exams
We have a number of Mock Exam files available for download with
SofTest. The mock exams are used to test your installation of SofTest,
and to practice using SofTest.
Note: The mock exam files are for testing the SofTest program, and
for practice, only. They may not be used to take a real exam. CWSL will
not accept any exam taken using the mock exam files. Any exams taken
using the mock exam files will not be accepted, and will not be graded.
There are three mock exam files available:
the main mock exam file. It is a secure exam, and it is used to test
your installation of SofTest. You can use any four digit number for the
exam number. No password is needed. This file has limited downloads, so
you may not see it on your list.
We recommend that you use Mock_Exam_2012-13.xmzx after you have
installed SofTest to make sure that SofTest is installed and running
properly on your computer. We also recommend that you run it once more
a day or two before your first exam to refresh your memory as to how
SofTest works, and how the word processor works. You can download the
mock exams more than once, but you can only download the real exam
files once.Mock_Exam_2012-13_MC.xmzx is a mock exam used to simulate a multiple choice exam in SofTest. We are not using this feature, so you can ignore this one.
Mock_Exam_Non_Secure.xmzx is a non-secure exam file. You can use any four digit number for the exam number.
This can be used as a study aid. Your computer will not go into
secure exam mode when using this file. Using the non-secure mock exam,
you can type a practice exam, then copy the results to your favorite
word processor. This way, you can practice taking an exam using the
same word processor you will use for your finals, but then look over
your anwers later. Once you exit the exam, you will not be able to
retrieve your work, so make sure you do the copy and paste before you
If you have any questions about using the mock exam files, please contact your computer technician:
Go To: The tech office in the Student Computer Lab in the Library
Up to version 10 of SofTest, there was a Practice Exam function
built into SofTest. Using the practice exam, you could choose to run a
secure or non-secure exam. You didn't have to download the mock exam
file, just click the button maked "Practice Exam". The secure exam
would lock your computer into secure mode, just like the real exam. The
non-secure mode would not lock your computer into secure mode. This was
handy if you just wanted to check out the word processor.
The main difference between the mock exam and the practice exam, was
that you didn't have to download a mock exam file for the practice
exam, and the practice exam would not upload an answer file. Many
schools, including CWSL, wanted a way to test the upload process. So
ExamSoft started creating the mock exams. These were dummy exam files
that did everything the real exam files did. We told students to use
the mock exams to test the systems, and see what the process of taking
an exam looked like. Many students liked the idea of doing practice
exams in SofTest, but some wanted to be able to print our their
practice essays and look them over later. The mock exam was a secure
exam, so you couldn't print out your work, or look at it later.
Some students found a solution in the non-secure practice exam. The
students could practice taking the exam using the SofTest word
processor, then copy the text to Word or Word Perfect before exiting
SofTest. This worked fine until SofTest version 11. With version 11,
ExamSoft figured that since everyone was using the mock exam, they
didn't need the practice exam function anymore. So they eliminated the
practice exam from SofTest, leaving just the mock exam. We received
several requests from students to have the non-secure practice exam
restored. So to meet this need, we have created the non-secure mock
So there you have it. Now you know why there is a secure mock exam,
and a non-secure mock exam. Let us know if this is helpful to you. If
you find the non-secure mock exam to be helpful, or if you run out of
mock exams and need more, send email to email@example.com, and let us know.