Helpful Tips for Your Next Exam – #1 Close Spotify before Opening SofTest!

We wanted to make all users aware of a few tips for taking exams with Examsoft’s SofTest.

download (10)

1. Be sure to Close Spotify Before Taking an Exam - Students at other law schools have reported Examsoft issues caused by having Spotify open on their laptop when they opened SofTest. The SofTest program attempts to lock your computer into the exam environment. However, SofTest sometimes cannot properly lock down the Spotify program which can cause your computer to bog down or freeze in the middle of an exam… so for the sake of your own sanity, please make sure you quit the Spotify program before you open SofTest.

2. Restart your Computer BEFORE Finals - Sometimes we fail to realize how long it has been since the last time we restarted our laptops. Restarting your laptop will help speed up the performance of your computer, as well as install critical updates. This will help your machine operate faster during finals, especially when working within a program like SofTest. Restarting will also close installers and other programs that may be running in the background and slowing down your laptop’s performance. There is nothing quite as maddening as having your machine take forever to load your exam when you are already in a hurry, or delay uploading your answers once you have completed the test.

3. Spell-Check - This is a very handy tool during exams. However, the spell-check in SofTest doesn’t work quite the same way as spell-check in Word. First, it will not automatically visually indicate spelling errors so you won’t see the little red squiggle line under misspelled words like you would in MS Word. Second, you must actually open the spell-checker tool for it to find misspelled words. You must then go through each misspelled word, one-by-one, to find and fix each error. You can however, “change all” if you have misspelled the same word multiple times, so that could save you a few clicks. The spell-checker will also offer recommended words that you can select to replace the misspelled word with. This can be a tedious process, especially when you are pressed for time, so be sure to save several minutes at the end of your exam to go through the Spell-Check process.

spell1The tool is located in different places on PCs and Macs. On PCs the spell-checker is available by simply clicking the small “abc” icon in the toolbar above your essay. On Macs, the spell-checker is available by clicking on the “Spell” tab on the right-hand navigation menu.  For a full list of directions on how to use the spell-checker tool, please visit the Examsoft Spell Check Directions site for PC and Mac. If you don’t see the tabs or icons mentioned above, spell-check might have been disabled for your exam by the instructor.

4. Word Count - Word count is a helpful feature in SofTest and is absolutely necessary for certain exams. However, it can be tricky to use sometimes. First, it’s not automatically available. You must locate the tool by clicking on the “Stats” tab located on the right side of the screen in SofTest. If you have used it once already during this portion of the exam, you will need to select the “Recount Essay Statistics” button to update the word count. This tool will help you keep your essays within your instructor’s specified parameters for the exam.

For additional helpful tips from Examsoft, please visit the Exam Taker Tips page.

Good Luck on Finals!

 

Graduating 3Ls — WaveNet/Email Access Suspends 8/13/2015

Please note that upon graduation, your access to WaveNet and all other services related to your WaveNet credentials will be suspended 90 days later. This suspension also applies to your Pepperdine University email account.

This year’s graduation date for the School of Law is May, 15, 2015.

The access suspension date for the School of Law May 2015 graduates will be August 13, 2015.

All graduates will get reminder notices about their pending WaveNet account suspension from an automated system 90 days, 60 days, and the final notice 30 days from their suspension date.

Please make sure that you have an alternate email address setup with an auto reply with that information on your Pepperdine student email account to ensure that those who are attempting to reach you (prospective employers, lottery prize award officials, etc.) can do so.

If you would like to setup forwarding for your current student email address to another address, you can do so here: https://alumni.pepperdine.edu/email-forwarding

If you are interested in getting a Pepperdine Alumni email account (to which you can forward your current student email address) you can begin that process here: http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/ 

The above link (http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/) will also provide helpful instructions on how to move your current student email and contact information to a different email account.

Why wait for Exam day? Take a MOCK EXAM with SofTest TODAY!

2014-12-04_1021We highly recommend taking a Mock Exam with SofTest to verify the software is working properly on your laptop. Although SofTest should run fine on any computer you have taken an exam with before, it is always wise to test the SofTest software once again prior to exam day. You don’t want to run into any issues during the exam that you could have discovered if you had only taken a mock exam. It only takes a few minutes and its well worth the time to double check your system before it’s too late.

So why wait? Test out your SofTest environment TODAY!

For directions on how to take a Mock Exam, please visit the below ExamSoft tutorials:

How to Download a Mock Exam

How to Take a Mock Exam

Upgrading SofTest for Finals

Where has the time gone? Final examinations are HERE!!! Make sure you have version 11 of SofTest installed on your computer. To verify you have the most recent version of SofTest installed on your computer, please visit the ExamSoft website.

I used SofTest for midterm examinations. Do I need to download a new version?

Possibly. If you completed midterm examinations using SofTest, your computer should be ready for final examinations. However, if you have recently upgraded your laptop’s operating system, then you should update to the latest version of SofTest before attempting to download your final exam. As always, you should try a Mock Exam in order to verify SofTest is working properly.

How do I update SofTest to the latest version?

Even though you may be on version 11, you will want to verify that you have the most recent update to version 11. To trigger the SofTest update, first open the application on your laptop. The instructions are slightly different for users on different operating systems.

  • For Windows OS users, press the CTRL button and the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CTRL+AU).
  • For Mac OSX users, once SofTest is open, press the Command key plus the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CMND+AU).

For more information on this, visit the Update SofTest page on the ExamSoft website.

I downloaded the new version of SofTest, but now my exam is missing?

If you downloaded your exam prior to completing the upgrade to SofTest version 11 you MUST Reverse Download the exam.  There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.

I used SofTest for examinations last semester. Do I need to download a new version?

Possibly. If you used SofTest last semester, you should already have version 11. For information on verifying which version you have, see above. However, if you are still on version 10, and SofTest failed to update by following the above ‘Update’ directions, you will need to uninstall version 10 and download version 11 by completing the following steps:

  1. Uninstall version 10 (or older) of SofTest. There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.
  2. Install  version 11 of SofTest. There are separate instructions for Windows users and Mac Users.

If you need additional support please visit www.examsoft.com/support or call 866-429-8889.

 

Printing Services

Printing Services in Law LibraryPepperdine University Law Students are granted 500 pages at the beginning of each semester at the Law Library Public Services Desk.

Printing is $0.06 per page and $0.25 for color. To add print credit to your account CLICK HERE   (Note that once you add credit, the amount is non-refundable but it does carry over between terms.)

Mac Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer

Please note that the Macintosh installer only works for Macintosh 10.7 and higher. If you have an operating older than 10.6, you will have to either upgrade your system or use our Mobile Print Service FOUND HERE

PC 64-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer
PC 32-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printers and the Color printer

If you’re a PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.

  1. Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Security link.Note: If you’re viewing either the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. Just click on the System icon and then proceed to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
  4. When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
  5. In the System area, look for System type among the other statistics about your computer.The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.