ExamSoft Instructions

Vermont Law School uses a program called ExamSoft to administer exams. In order for students to take exams on ExamSoft they must download the student portion of the program called SofTest onto their laptops (see system requirements below). Please note: Tablets and iPads are not supported and cannot be used for exams.


If a student does not have a laptop they can reserve one through the IT department by sending an email to: helpdesk@vermontlaw.edu. Students should email their request as soon as they know they will need a computer for exam period. The request to IT should contain the student's entire exam schedule.


SofTest is the only computer program, developed and licensed by ExamSoft that Vermont Law School utilizes for exam taking. SofTest enables students to take their exams on their own laptop by blocking all access to files, programs or the internet during the exam. SofTest is used by 42 State Supreme Courts for delivery of the Bar and Legal Specialization exams. SofTest may be downloaded multiple times on multiple machines; registration is to the individual user, not the machine.


Every year each student's registration expires. Students can re-activate their registration by going into SofTest and clicking on the "Download Exam Files". The program will prompt them for their user credentials. Once the credentials are entered the registration should update.

It is recommended that all students take the mock exam which is a fake exam. The mock exam was created to give students an opportunity to test SofTest on their laptops and also to allow students to become familiar with the program BEFORE exams.


Students are responsible for ensuring that SofTest works on their laptops prior to the exam. If a student hasn't downloaded and tested SofTest prior to the exam they will have to handwrite their exam in bluebooks.


Current SofTest Versions:
Windows: 11.0.4780.36236
Mac: 11.0.644.94836

Operating Systems Supported:

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (English 32-bit only)

Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit)

Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 8
**Only genuine versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

Mac OS X Lion (10.7)

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)

Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)
**Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported

Minimum Hardware Requirements: Vermont Law School does not support any Tablet-PC's, including Microsoft Surface or iPads. Exams need to be taken on laptops.


To run properly SofTest requires the following:

2GHz Intel® Core™/Celeron™ or equivalent x86 processor


1GB of free hard disk space

Screen Resolution must be 1024 x 768 or higher

Administrator Rights

To Log In, Download and Register SofTest:

Log in from the 'Exam Takers' box (located in the upper left of this page) using the login and password provided in the email sent by Tammie Johnson. Upon logging in, navigate to the "SofTest" tab to Download and register SofTest. Instructions are distributed by email at the beginning of each academic year. Reminders are also sent out throughout the year.

Please contact Tammie Johnson if you did not receive an email, or require additional help. She is on campus M-F 8:00 - 4:00 pm. E-mail: tmjohnson@vermontlaw.edu; Telephone: 802.831.1261

THE IT DEPARTMENT AT VERMONT LAW SCHOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THIS SOFTWARE. Should you have technical problems with the installation or use of ExamSoft, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the ExamSoft website (www.examsoft.com/faq). You can also consult with the ExamSoft Technical Support Department. They can be reached via email at support@examsoft.com or via phone at the following toll free number: (866) 429-8889.