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Spring 2014 Finals Download Dates:
4/1/14 through 4/28/14

**As always there will be no excuses for claiming to be unaware of the download period because you are notified in the following ways:
  • Akron Law Announcements Blog
  • Various emails
  • Signs posted throughout the building
  • Digital signage TVs in the lunchroom and in the hallway leading to room 151
  • Professors announce the deadlines in class

Beginning of semester - All students are registered or re-registered.  

Student Instructions:
  • Nothing for Students to do
Middle of semester (midterms) - If your class is offering midterms with Examsoft, you will need to have the software AND necessary test files downloaded during the download period.

Student Instructions:
End of semester (finals) - If your class is offering finals with Examsoft, you will need to have the software AND necessary test files downloaded during the download period.

Student Instructions:
Exam Day Instructions
Starting the exam
  1. Launch SofTest
  2. Click on Launch SofTest
  3. Select proper file from Exam File Location list
  4. Type in the password that is written on the board
  5. Click on the START button
  6. Go through the SofTest Notice screens until you come to a screen with red STOP signs
  7. Type "Begin" and then click on the begin button when the Professor instructs you to start the exam
During the exam

Instructions for during the exam can be found in the video here.

After the exam
  1. When you are finished with the exam, or the Professor asks you to stop, click on the Exit & Save button
  2. Click on the Close Exam button
  3. On the large yellow screen, click on Exit
  4. Upon click Exit on the step above, your computer will resume normal operation and attempt to upload
  5. Please ensure that you upload your exam before you leave.  You are safe to leave once you see the large green congratulations screen with a checkmark.

Akron Law Examsoft FAQ's
Will my test be offered with Examsoft? 
The professor has the choice to offer each exam with or without ExamSoft. Once the faculty member authorizes use of ExamSoft then the student has the choice to use ExamSoft or not. 

Do I have to use ExamSoft to take my exam? 
No, at this time, all professors offering Examsoft also allow students to handwrite the exam. 

What are the minimum computer requirements for use with Examsoft? 
They are listed at the top of this page under "Minimum System Requirements"

If it is already installed on my computer, i.e. I used it last semester, do I still need to do this? Or Do I have to register SofTest every semester? 
Your copy of Examsoft will be good for the entire school year. You will need to install Examsoft in the fall and it will be good until the following August. All accounts are deleted August 31 each year.  It may however be necessary to install updates to the software throughout the year.

Can I change my password? 
  1. Log in with your University ID number and Examsoft password 
  2. Click Change Account Info
  3. Enter new password and confirm it
  4. Click on Save
Can two students share the same computer throughout the finals period? 
NO, you must have your own working computer. 

Can I borrow a laptop from the Law School to take my exam on Examsoft? 
No, there are over 500 Law Students and we don't have that many laptops. 

How long do I have to take my exam? 
Your professor will tell you that before the exam. Each course can be different.

I missed the exam download deadline, can I still use Examsoft?
No, we will not extend the deadline. All the exams are still available to be handwritten.

What if I have issues during the download period and am unable to download the exam before the deadline?
You must notify before the download period ends. 

When do I have to upload my exam? 
You must do this immediately following the exam.  Please remember that the sooner that we have your exam the better.

My exam did not upload after the test. What can I do? 
Bring your computer to the Law Technology Support Center and we can plug you into a hardwired connection.   

Can I do a makeup exam? 
You must schedule it with the professor. You may use Examsoft for the makeup exam if you have the exam downloaded and you take the exam during the regular exam period.

What happens if my computer dies in the middle of my exam? 
Reboot the computer. Examsoft should restart and it may ask for an continuation code. Call x5119 from the phone in the room and a law school technician will come and enter the continuation code so you can continue. If your computer fails to restart notify the professor. The technician will take your laptop and extract your partial answer file and upload it to the server. You will finish your exam using the blue books. Pick up your laptop in room 153 after the exam. 

Who do I contact for troubles with Examsoft? 
You can email questions and problems to
You can call 330-972-5119. We may set up an appointment for you to bring your laptop to room 153. 

What are the risks that can be associated with using Examsoft?
There are always various risks associated with using Examsoft. You are responsible for assuring that you are fully prepared to use Examsoft on the day of the exam. If you have not fully followed instructions or failed to download the latest updates to Examsoft, you may experience delays in starting Examsoft, and/or  you may be unable to use it at all.

There is the possibility that your exam answer on your laptop could get corrupted/lost before you upload it at the end of the exam. In this case you would not have any record of your exam. However Examsoft saves your exam every 60 seconds as you are typing so we may be able to recover the file in the event something happens. This is of course assuming that there has not been a hardware failure. You also must upload the exam immediately following its completion.  The longer you wait to upload the exam the greater the risk of something happening to your machine.

If you spend time trying to get your laptop working after a malfunction, you are taking time away from writing your answers. This may have a detrimental effect on the grade you receive. If you have a problem with a computer during an examination and think you deserve additional time, you must have your instructor’s permission for additional time right then and there. You cannot expect that time lost during the exam while working on a computer problem will be considered later in how your examination is graded.