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SofTest Examination Software

The University of South Carolina School of Law allow students to use laptops to take exams in courses where professors have opted to use the SofTest software. The software basically converts the laptops into word processors and blocks other applications from loading. Students wanting to use their laptops for final exams are required to register and install SofTest, then take the Mock Exam.

How does SofTest work?

Using SofTest, you will download your exam(s) prior to or on exam day and upload your answer(s) after the exam via the Internet. You will not require Internet connectivity during your exam(s). You will require Internet connectivity to download your exam(s) and upload your answer(s).

Computer Requirements for SofTest

Browser

Chrome or Firefox

Operating Systems

Windows
  • PC: 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
  • Surface Pro: Surface Pro 1, 2 & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported); Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices are supported
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported
Mac
  • Mac: 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), and 10.12 (Sierra). Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.

Computer Requirements

PC
  • CPU Processor: 1.86Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or greater
  • RAM: highest recommended for the operating system or 2GB
  • Hard Drive: highest recommended for the operating system or 1GB of available space
  • Working USB port
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload
  • Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher
  • Adobe Reader (Version 9, 11, or DC) is required for exams containing PDF attachments
  • Administrator level account permissions
Surface Pro
  • External Keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam
  • Hard Drive: 1GB or higher available space
  • Adobe Reader XI is required for exams containing PDF attachments
  • Working USB port
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload
  • Screen Resolution must be 1920x1080
  • Administrator level account permissions
Mac
  • CPU: Intel processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 1GB or higher available space
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • Working USB port (newer devices may require an adaptor)
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload
  • Administrator level account permissions

For more information, contact ExamSoft.

It is not possible to take secure exams through a virtual operating system such as Microsoft’s Virtual Machine, Parallels or VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual operating system environment. Although SofTest can be installed and registered on virtual platforms, it will only be enabled for non-secure Practice Exams.

How reliable is SofTest?

SofTest has a considerable number of safety features to ensure that answers typed into SofTest cannot be lost. They include:

  • An AutoSave feature that automatically saves your exam every sixty seconds.
  • Multiple encrypted backup copies of the exam answer file are saved.
  • The ability to undo up to 50 of the previous actions per essay question window.

SofTest Installation Instructions

Please click on your laptop operating system below for SofTest installation instructions.

Need assistance with SofTest? Please contact us at lawreg@law.sc.edu or 803-777-5221.