ExamSoft enables students to take final examinations using laptop computers. ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., through its SofTest product, provides students the ability to take an examination on a computer by providing the ability to lock down all other Windows applications.
Starting in Fall 2011, Southwestern will be supporting a native Mac version of ExamSoft SofTest in addition to the traditional PC version. Further information and details will be made available during the fall semester.
Until Fall 2011, please note that SofTest will currently only run in the Microsoft Windows environment. It is not compatible with any Macintosh operating system or with PC emulation software. It will, however, run on an Intel-based MacBook or MacBook Pro that has been configured to run Windows XP or Vista (the developer is working on a native Mac version, but the release date is uncertain at this time). To take advantage of this option, students must use the Boot Camp utility in the Leopard operating system to create a Windows partition, then purchase and install Windows XP or Vista. Neither Southwestern nor ExamSoft will be able to offer technical assistance for installing Boot Camp or the Windows operating system.
Once Windows is successfully installed on the MacBook, students can follow the usual directions for downloading and installing SofTest. Southwestern staff and ExamSoft customer service will be able to assist with SofTest issues.
Southwestern encourages students to take advantage of the current computer technology and register with ExamSoft. By using this program during your time at Southwestern, you will become familiar and proficient with ExamSoft and, thereby, better prepared to take the California or other state’s bar examinations using ExamSoft. The psychometrician for the California Committee of Bar Examiners has noted that: "After controlling on MBE scores, applicants who use a laptop tend to have slightly higher essay scores than those who handwrite."
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