Students that would like to take exams on their own laptop (no loaner laptops will be available during exams) must install and register
a copy of software called SofTest, then download exam files
. The Law School pays SofTest licensing fees, allowing students to use the product at no expense. ExamSoft SofTest requires Windows XP SP3 or higher when using a PC and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher when using a Macintosh.
New Installation and Registration (done every Fall)
Each academic year, prior to your first computer-based exam, students that would like to take exams on personal laptop will be required to install and register a new copy of SofTest. This guarantees the latest updates have been applied and registers use of the product for exams. If you need to install and register a copy of SofTest, follow these instructions.
- Download SofTest by going to the ExamSoft site at http://www.examsoft.com/drakelaw. Log in with your Drake ID and your password (6-digit birthdate mmddyy) as well as Institution Id (which is drakelaw). You will be presented with a screen where you can download the latest version. Examsoft will determine which operating system you are currently using and download the appropriate version.
- The SofTest installer will then launch. At the Welcome screen, click Next. The license agreement follows. Select "I accept the license agreement" and click Next. Click through any windows that follow to complete the installation.
- After installation, SofTest will launch and prompt you to register. Use your 9-digit student ID number as your username; your password is your birth date in 6-digit form. Click Register. After a brief pause, you should receive notification of successful registration. Click OK.
- At this point, SofTest should inform you that exam files are available for download, asking if you would like to download them now. We suggest that you click No, exiting SofTest.
- You should now be returned to the SofTest Installer. Click Finish, then proceed to the instructions on Downloading Exams.
In addition to installing and registering SofTest, students will need to download exam templates for each of the exams they plan to take. Among the exam templates is a "Sample Exam." Each student may download and experiment with this sample exam
up to five times; all other exams may only be downloaded once, and should not
be opened until the time of your exam.
- Launch the SofTest application. When the SofTest Launcher appears, click the button labeled "Download Exam Files." You will be asked for your student ID and password. Use your 9-digit student ID number as your username; your password is your birth date in 6-digit form. For example, if your birth date is Jan. 2, 1985, your password would be 010285.
- A list of exam files appears. This list should contain only exams for courses you are registered, where the instructor is permitting use of SofTest. If an exam does not appear in this list that you believe you should have access to, please speak with Lori Richman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 271-4511), Cartwright Room 128, right away. Click to select the top exam in the list then, holding down the shift key, click the bottom exam in the list. This selects all of the files. Click the Download button. Once the download has finished a message box should appear indicating successful status. Click OK, then Close when returned to the exam listing. Click Exit when returned to the SofTest Launcher.
- Your computer is now ready for final exams!
Take a Sample Exam
Two options are available if you would like to experiment with SofTest before exam day. Among the exams downloaded, you may have downloaded a file labeled "SampleExam," Our recommendation is that students use this file for experimentation as it offers an exact replica of what individuals will experience on exam day. Alternatively, SofTest offers its own Practice Exam, but the environment differs slightly from what we offer. To take a sample exam, demonstrating what you will experience on exam day, perform the following:
- Launch the SofTest application. A shortcut should be available on your desktop. If your laptop is running Windows Vista or Windows 7, a dialog may appear asking if you would like to proceed. Click Continue. When the SofTest Launcher appears, click the button labeled "Launch SofTest".
- From the Exam File Location drop-down menu, choose "SampleExam-Hennan.xmz." This pre-fills the ID field with your three-digit exam number, also populating the Exam Name and Instructor fields. Our true exam files will also require a password, which proctors will give you on exam day, starting the entire class in unison.
- Click the button labeled "Begin Exam" near the bottom of the window. SofTest will notify you that it needs to restart your computer. Click OK. After your laptop restarts, and you log back in, a notice appears, requiring you to type and press Begin before entering the word processing component. Please do so.
- You are now taken to the secure word processing environment. Note that our exam files do not contain exam questions. On exam day, you will receive a printed copy of exam questions and will type your answers in the space provided in SofTest. Features such as spell checking, printing, and font selection are disabled to discourage time spent in formatting.
- When you are ready to close out of the sample exam, click Exit Exam. A dialog appears to make sure you would like to exit. Click Close Exam and Exit at the screen that follows. SofTest again notifies you that it needs to restart your computer. Click OK. After your computer restarts, and you log back in, SofTest will upload your completed exam. This is how the Law School receives your exam answers. On exam day, exam questions handed out at the start of exams would need to be turned in at this time.
If you would like to take the sample exam an additional time, you will need to redownload the exam template using the instructions on Downloading Exams
. Please note, the sample exam may be downloaded and taken five times for each student; all other exams may only be downloaded once, and should not
be opened until the time of your exam.
If you have questions about SofTest or encounter troubles installing or downloading exams, don't hesitate to contact the Law School's Information Technology Department
. Contact Lori Richman at 515-271-4511 with any exam related inquiries. No loaner laptops will be available during exams.