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SofTest Instructions

What is SofTest?
  • SofTest is a program from ExamSoft which you can use to take exams on your laptop computer. The use of SofTest is not mandatory. You do not have to use SofTest for your exams. Using SofTest allows you to type your essays during final exams, instead of having to write your essays during final exams. CWSL is currently using SofTest version 11.
  • When you run an exam in SofTest, SofTest will lock your computer into a secure exam mode. During the exam, you will be able to take your exam, and nothing else. You will not have access to any other program or data files on your computer. Once the exam is finished, SofTest will return your computer to normal mode, and will automatically upload your answers.
  • The cost for SofTest is $30 for one academic year. This $30 license fee allows you to use SofTest until the end of August, regardless of when you purchase the license.
  • If you choose to use SofTest, you do so at your own risk. You are solely responsible for getting the answers to the essay questions turned in to the school for grading.

The use of SofTest has been very successful here at California Western School of Law. Very few students have any problems with the program. Technical Support is available for SofTest, both here at the school, and through ExamSoft.

 In the sections below, you will find complete instructions for installing and running SofTest.

You can also check out our Panopto Video.

SofTest for Windows

SofTest runs all version of Windows from Windows XP through Windows 10. 

SofTest for Macintosh

SofTest 11 runs on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and above, including macOS 10.12 Sierra.

Technical Assistance & Help

If you have any problems with any of these procedures, or any questions about using SofTest:

Call: 619-525-1473
Go To: The tech office in the Student Computer Lab in the Library
Check: ExamSoft Knowledge Base Web Page