SofTest registration and download site for Fall 2009 final
exams opens Tuesday, November 24th.
If you will be taking one or more exams on
computer (either a lab computer or your own laptop);
you MUST read the following information
Chicago-Kent College of Law uses a special program, SofTest,
for taking exams on computers. The advantage of using the SofTest program
is that it increases the stability, security, and reliability of the exam
taking process. Since adopting SofTest and its predecessor programs, we have
experienced very few problems with lost exams or corrupted exam files.
If you are taking an exam on computer, you will write your
exam using the word processing program built into SofTest. Please read the
appropriate section below, depending on whether you plan to use a lab computer
or your own laptop to take the exam. If you are taking the exam on your laptop,
please note that you must not only download and install the SofTest program,
but must also bring certain necessary hardware components to the exam.
The SofTest software includes the ability to download exam files over the Internet and upload completed exams back to ExamSoft. Chicago-Kent does not utilize this functionality. All exams on computer at Chicago-Kent are obtained from "local" resources on Chicago-Kent's own network and saved back to these same resources upon completion. Any references you see to downloading or uploading of exam files in the SofTest software or the ExamSoft web site can be disregarded.
CONTINUING FOR Fall 09: If
you are taking an exam on a computer lab desktop PC, you MUST log in
the user name "labexam". SofTest will not work on Lab PC's
if you log in as yourself.
Although the program is simple to use, please spend a few
minutes reviewing the SofTest help file that is located on the network. The
help file is located at: Z:\FallExams\HelpFile\softesthelp.chm. Just double
click the file to begin viewing. Computer Lab PC's are generally not prepared for final exams until 2-3 business days prior to the start of the exam testing period. As such, practice use of the SofTest program on Computer Lab PC's is not guaranteed to be available prior to the start of exams.
Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business or Ultimate Editions, and Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate Editions are the only supported platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate Editions may be either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Additionally, all laptops running a supported Windows operating system must be fully configured for the Chicago-Kent network (network drives visible at login).
Wireless network connections are not supported for exams. Mac computers must be running an authentic, licensed copy of Windows Vista Business Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, or Windows XP Professional in order to be used for exams. Please see the "Computer Notes & Policies" section for additional information.
In order to take exams on your own laptop, you will have
to download the SofTest software from the web. THE ENTIRE DOWNLOAD/INSTALLATION PROCESS MUST BE COMPLETED
WHILE YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO THE CHICAGO-KENT NETWORK WITH YOUR C-K USER NAME!
this web page (http://www.examsoft.com/chicagokentlaw), click on the "New User Signup button located in the Exam Takers box on the upper-left of the page. A new registration is required each semester. ExamSoft web site options for "returning users" are not applicable to Chicago-Kent.
the following page, fill in the required information, and then review and acknowledge the license agreement by clicking the "I Agree" button. As stated on the web page, use your five digit exam number as your student ID. NOTE: the password you choose will be emailed to you in clear text. It is therefore recommended that you choose a password that is different from your email/network password.
· On the Account Info screen, click
the "Download SofTest button. If prompted with a choice, do not run the SofTest installer file at this time. Save the file to somewhere on your computer (such as the desktop) and then go run it yourself. Reboot your
computer as required.
· Any prompts from SofTest to download or upload exam files can be ignored. Chicago-Kent does not currently use the Internet for delivery or taking of exams.
"Yes if you are prompted to take or retake the qualification exam.
If you have a previous
version already installed on your computer, you MUST uninstall the old
version prior to downloading and installing the new version. Previous versions of SofTest will be expired and will not function for exams. Do not choose any upgrade
options. See further information below.
Provided below is some important information about downloading
and installing the software. The process is somewhat time-consuming, so please
do not wait until the last minute. If you have any problems or questions,
contact the Help Desk (Room 540; e-mail: HELPDESK; phone: 906-5300).
Please note that you MUST come to the exam with the SofTest
program properly installed and configured. This includes fully completing
the "registration and qualification" process on ExamSoft's web
site. Additionally, you should bring the following hardware components with
(1) a power cord
(2) a network card or built-in Ethernet port
(3) a network cable (no wireless!)
(4) a floppy disk drive (if owned, see below for details)
If you do not have the software properly installed, or are
missing any necessary equipment, you will be required to hand write your
Important Information about Downloading
and Installing SofTest:
* In order to guarantee that SofTest will function properly
on your computer, ExamSoft has implemented a software registration and qualification
procedure as part of the SofTest download. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION/ QUALIFICATION PROCESS
OR THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT FUNCTION ON EXAM DAY! You have not completed
the process until you see "Registration: Complete under the "SofTest Status section of
the program s first screen. Please read on for details.
* You should remove any prior versions of SofTest or other
ExamSoft software from your computer before trying to install the new version.
To do this, go to the Windows Control
Panel, double-click "Add/Remove Programs (XP) or "Programs and Features" (Vista, Windows 7), find "SofTest and then follow the directions
to uninstall it. Reboot your computer after you perform this task.
* The process for obtaining and installing SofTest requires
a number of steps to be performed online at ExamSoft's web site located at http://www.examsoft.com/chicagokentlaw.
We recommend that you download and print out the instructions for this procedure
as well as ExamSoft's list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) at http://www.examsoft.com/faq before you
* To download the program, you will be required to provide
a "Student ID". In the "Student
ID field, please enter the five-digit exam number e-mailed to you by the Registrar s Office. This will be your Student ID number
throughout the exams on computer testing process.
You will receive a final registration
confirmation by email containing your student ID, password, institution, and registration number if you
completed the SofTest
registration process successfully. If you do not receive
the confirmation email, please stop by room 540 or call the Help Desk
(312) 906-5300 for further assistance.
COMPUTER NOTES & POLICIES
* YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE
DOWNLOAD/INSTALLATION PROCESS WHILE YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO THE CHICAGO-KENT
NETWORK WITH YOUR C-K USER NAME! There are two reasons for
this. First, your Chicago-Kent network account must have full permissions
to do anything on your laptop. The easiest way to check that this is
the case is to complete the entire download and installation process
(including registration and qualification) while you are logged in to
the Chicago-Kent network. Second, you must be able to access the file
server drives on the Chicago-Kent network. If you can not properly log
in to the Chicago-Kent network, you will not be able to open your exam
* Due to the above mentioned permissions requirements, you
can not borrow a laptop from a fellow student to take your exams.
* Due to the requirement of accessing shared network drives, Windows
XP Home Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Windows 7 Home Premium will not function for taking an exam on your laptop at
* Chicago-Kent does not support any form of wireless networking
for exams on computers. All connections should be "hard-wired" with a standard Ethernet network cable. You are responsible for supplying your own Ethernet cable when taking an exam on your laptop.
* Taking an exam on a Mac computer is allowed only if the Mac is "natively" running Microsoft Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows XP Professional via Apple's "Boot Camp" feature. Mac computers running one of these operating systems for exams are subject to the same network configuration, hardware, and software requirements as a standard Windows-based PC.
* For students wishing to pursue taking an exam on a Mac, it is your own responsibility to acquire an authentic licensed copy of Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows XP Professional. It is also your own responsibility to have the Windows operating system installed and running on your Mac computer before contacting the CLC for any exam-related computer assistance.
* As of November 2, 2009, Apple does not support the use of Windows 7 with the Boot Camp feature of their computers. Chicago-Kent will not support the use of Windows 7 on a Mac for taking exams until Windows 7 is officially supported by Apple.
* Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion for Mac will not function for exams. For the same reason, the "Windows XP Mode" feature found in Windows 7 cannot be used for taking exams.
The Center for Law and Computers has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you register to take an exam on a laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam.
The CLC's laptops may also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Students who have not properly configured or registered SofTest on their computers will be given bluebooks and will write their final exams.
Because of limited supply, the CLC's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle.
The CLC has created support & services documents for
configuring Apple computers to the following resources
(Wireless, Folder Shares, Printers & Mail). Follow
the links below for a basic guide to assist you with various
options available to Apple users.
Chicago-Kent's Internet Service Provider (Illinois Century Network)
backbone maintenance window is on Fridays from 2:00am - 7:00am.
During this maintenance window it is possible that the Downtown
Campus building may experience intermittent Internet connectivity.