The SofTest Word Processor for Mac
The SofTest word processor has many of the normal word processing
features that you are used to. You have the normal text formatting
features. You can use copy and paste within SofTest, but you cannot
copy or paste any text from outside of your essays. Although there is a
spell check feature, this item is disabled on all exams here at CWSL
There are a few special features you need to be aware of
The Save Button: You can use the save button as you normally
would in any word processor. However, you really don't have to worry
about saving data in SofTest. SofTest automatically saves a backup copy
of your work every sixty seconds.
The Question Navigation Buttons: When you are finished with your
first question, click the arrow button to move to the second question,
and so on. If you forget to use these arrow buttons, you essentially
write all of your essay answers on one single long sheet of paper. By
using the arrow buttons, you separate the answers, and make it easier
for the professor to tell which answer goes to which question. This is
very important if there is a character limit on your essays. (See Item
3, Character Count)
If you get to the end of the exam, and
realize you forgot to use the arrow buttons, just turn the answers in
anyway. Try to mark the answers so the professor knows which is which.
Character Count: On some exams, you will have a limit on how
many characters you can use in each essay. This section down here shows
you how many characters you have used in the current essay. Click here for more information.
If there is a character limit on your essay, it is essential that
you use the Question Navigation Buttons to separate your answers. You
must use the navigation buttons in order for SofTest to give you an
accurate count of how many characters you have used in each individual
Time: This time is based on the clock in your computer. You can
use this to keep track of your time, so you don't have to keep looking
at the clock in the classroom. Do not use the "Time Left" field to the
left of the clock. This will not have an accurate count of how much
time you have left in your exam. CWSL is not using this feature to
track our exams.
The "Exit & Save" Button: When you are finished with the
exam, or the proctor says "Time's Up", click the Exit & Save button
to exit the exam and close SofTest.
The Hide Question and Hide Sidebar buttons will collapse those
sections of the screen, and make the text section larger. You can use
the same buttons to expand these sections if you need them.