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Installing SofTest for Mac

Important Notes

To run SofTest on your Macintosh computer, you must be running OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, or above. SofTest will not run on OS X 10.5, Leopard. If you are running Leopard, you must upgrade to a newer version of OS X.

Go To The ExamSoft Website

To start the installation process, go to

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 question mark next to the password field to have your ExamSoft username and 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 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, 2015, 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:

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 2014, your license is good until August of 2015. If you purchase your SofTest license in July of 2015, your license is good until August of 2015, and you will need to purchase a new license for exams in the fall of 2015.

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.  

 This will open another window. Click on the link to download the program. This will download a file named SofTestMac11.dmg. A dmg file is a disc image file, it acts much like a CD or DVD disc. When you open the dmg file, it acts as a mounted drive. You see this on your desktop:

When you open this drive, you will find two items: Install SofTest.mpkg, and Uninstaller.

Run Install SofTest.mpkg. This is the install program. Double-click on it, and follow the directions to install the SofTest program. During the installation, you will need your account password for your computer. This is the password for the computer, not your CWSL network password.

If you get a message saying "Install SofTest.mpkg" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, you will need to take an extra step to override the security settings.  Click here for instructions.

Once the program is installed, you can delete/eject the drive icon from your desktop.

Register SofTest

Once SofTest is installed, it will ask for your Institution ID.  Enter "CWSL" for your Institute ID, and click Next.

 Institute ID window

In the next window, enter your Student ID number and your ExamSoft password, then click the Register button.

 Registration window

 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.


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