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Helpful tips for your next exam – Quit Spotify Before Opening Examplify

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

1. Restart your Computer BEFORE Exams – 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 Examplify. Restarting will also close down installers and other programs that may be running in the background and slowing down your laptop’s performance. There is nothing quite as frustrating as having your machine take forever to load your exam, or upload your answers once you have completed the test.

2. Be sure to Quit Spotify Before Taking an Exam – Students at other law schools have reported issues with Examsoft from having Spotify open on their laptop when they open Examplify. In order for Examplify to work, it needs to lock down your computer into the exam environment. However, Examplify sometimes struggles with closing down the Spotify program and this 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 Examplify.

3. Spell Check – Spell check is a very handy tool for exams. It is built right into the Examplify system now so it should work automatically. This is similar to most word processors like Microsoft Word where misspelled words are underlined in red.

4. Word Count – Word count is a helpful feature in Examplify and is absolutely necessary for certain exams. However, it can be tricky to use sometimes. The character count automatically displays above your answer text box. Don’t be fooled by this number though, this is NOT your word count.

You can view it easily from this line though. To see more information, you can click on the paper symbol next to the character count. This window provides the total number of words, characters, and characters without spaces for the essay response. If text is selected in the current question, Examplify provides the same information for the text that is selected. This tool will help you keep your essays within your instructor’s specified parameters for the exam.

For more helpful tips from Examsoft, please visit their Exam Taker Tips page.

 

SofTest is Now Examplify – Download the New Examplify Today

“I’m so excited it’s almost final exam season!” said no one ever… But even though finals might seem like a long ways away still, they will be here before you know it. And like your Crim Pro professor has probably already said, it’s never too early to start preparing for finals. Probably the easiest thing you can do to prep for final exams is to download the new exam software, Examplify, from ExamSoft©. Examplify is replacing our old SofTest program, which was also made by ExamSoft. 

Examplify has a number of new and helpful features, such as built-in spell check, SofTest used an outdated spellcheck wizard, and a new exam landing page and launch screen navigation. Now all you have to do is login and you can immediately see all of your available exams in the left-hand column, including exam-files available for download, ones you have already downloaded, and exams you have already taken and submitted.

Instead of having to go to a different screen to download your exams, then another screen to take an exam, and yet another location to review the status of your exam upload, now you can do it all right from your landing page.

For more information on how to navigate the new interface, check out ExamSoft’s helpful Quick Start guide for new Examplify users, or just log into examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw and download the program to see for yourself. It’s extremely easy to use! So what are you waiting for? Get ready for finals by downloading Examplify today!

 

Examsoft Support Information

So you finally finished that 3 hour exam. You’ve uploaded your exam file and got the green “All Clear” sign (cue enormous sigh of relief). Congratulations! You’re home free at last, except apparently Examsoft decided to do some redecorating while you were taking your exam because your desktop background is now an Examsoft selfie (talk about shameless advertising). Not to worry, they have a solution for that.

For more information visit their new tech support self-help page for help fixing whatever ails your computer post exam. www.examsoft.com/support

Also, just remember, this is the exact same software used for your BAR exam, so it’s best to sort out all these problems now, rather than when you’re sitting for the biggest stress test of your life.

You can also check out this page for the list of their latest minimum computer requirements for Examplify on Windows PC and Mac OS X computers.

You can also check out this Quick Start reference list for all the support tips you might need.

And if you get Really lost, give Examsoft’s tech support a call at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com. They’re just waiting to help!

ExamSoft Examplify – Registering with Pepperdine

ExamSoft Worldwide produces the Examplify examination software used by many law schools and state bar examiners. This software is a secure essay exam word processor. Pepperdine School of Law allows students to use this software to take their midterm and final law exams. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, Examplify is required. The majority of students currently take all or some of their exams via this program.

Examplify can be downloaded from the Internet (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft Examplify program at Pepperdine University School of Law, you MUST agree to the terms of this ExamSoft Student Agreement

IMPORTANT: RETURNING USERS – If you have not taken an exam during the current term, you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year. To do this, simply follow the same steps for installing the program for the first time. Login to the Examsoft website listed above, and click on “download” to accept the new academic year’s user agreement and download Examplify. Follow the prompts for the installation and when prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement again within the program and then follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of Examplify.

Before attempting any exam, we highly recommend downloading and running a ‘Mock Exam’ within Examplify. This will help ensure the software is functioning properly on your computer prior to exam day.

For more Exam Day tips for Examplify check out the product website.

NOTE: 

 

ExamSoft will not support Mac OS beta releases. For more information on ExamSoft’s Mac OS requirements, please visit the ExamSoft website.

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

Mac Examsoft Users: Supported OS Versions for Examplify

 

You may have noticed the warnings advising you not to upgrade to Mac OS X Version 10.13.1. What you might not know is, this is an annual ordeal when it comes to taking midterms with Examplify. Every year Mac rolls out a new OS update. And every year, we advise against updating to the new OS until our exam software Examplify can release a compatible update that allows Examplify to work on the new system.

Once the update is available, Examplify will push it out to your computer and alert you that an update is available for install the next time you log into Examplify. Please remember, you MUST install the update in order for it to work on your new OS during finals.

Examplify is supported on the latest 4 versions of Mac OS. So this means that if you are running an OS that is 4 versions old, and a new OS is released then yep, you guessed it, that list bumps up by one and your old version is now 5 versions old and the new Examplify will no longer work on your now o

utdated OS. This means before the new OS release you need to either upgrade to a later version right or hope you don’t have an exam before ExamSoft can release a new update to make it compatible with the newest OS. Otherwise, you will find yourself in the unenviable position of being stuck on an outdated version that is no longer supported for use with Examplify, but not able to upgrade to the newest version because it isn’t compatible yet. 

To update your Mac OS, please visit your app store. To upgrade to the latest version of Examplify, just launch Examplify and install the update when prompted. Stay tuned to LawTech to be notified when it is safe to upgrade your Mac to the newest OS.

 

You can also check out ExamSoft’s minimum system requirements page to view what Mac OS versions are currently supported.

 

Don’t Upgrade to High Sierra (released 9/25/2017)

Please note that the latest version of the Mac OS (High Sierra) is NOT supported by ExamSoft at this time.

If you plan to use your computer for mid-terms, do NOT upgrade your Mac’s operating system.

Please check this page ..

https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/ka250000000Pkz3AAC/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

for a complete list of systems supported by ExamSoft.

Printing Selected Pages using Preview – MAC OSX

Using our new print system here at Pepperdine can be a bit of a challenge at times. Particularly if you just want to print a few pages of a word document.

Since the web interface for printing requires PDF files to print, you may find yourself looking for an easy way (any way?) to print selected pages without buying an expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Luckily for MAC users, there is a simple way to accomplish this, by utilizing the thumbnail view from within the Preview Application.

With a document open in preview, select the Thumbnail view in the side bar. Command-click  the page thumbnails you would like to select for printing. Conversely, you can Command-click to deselect a page as well.

Once all desired pages have been selected, you will click File > Print from the menu bar, and chose the Selected Pages In Sidebar option. Using the PDF drop down menu, you will now create a new PDF of your selected pages for printing.

You will be prompted to name the file,  I suggest giving the file a unique name, and saving the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find and upload to the file server at print.pepperdine.edu.

For more information on printing to the Sharp Copiers please go HERE. If you would like to see this process in action please find a brief video walkthrough on preparing select pages for printing utilizing MACOS’s Preview Application.

Printing Selected Pages using PDF – Windows

Using our new print system here at Pepperdine can be a bit of a challenge at times.

Particularly if you just want to print a few pages of a word document.

Since the web interface for printing requires PDF files to print, you may find yourself looking for an easy way (any way?) to print selected pages without buying an expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

One approach is to install a  PDF “printer” that will allow you to select a series of pages (example: 7,11,21,57)  or a range of pages (example: 56-65) and send them to the PDF “printer” which really just creates a PDF file of the pages you have selected.

MAC users should be able to do this with their existing software, however, Windows users will find it much easier with an additional program.

FOR WINDOWS users:

We have done some limited testing on a product called PDF-XChange Lite which is a free product for those using it for non-commercial purposes.  There may be other good solutions but we have found this one to work fairly easily.

If you decide to try it, you must first download and install the software which takes a few minutes.

After it’s installed, it is listed as a printer in your list of printers on your Windows computer.

When you want to print, select PDF-XChange Lite as your printer, enter the pages you want to print:

If you want a range of pages enter the first page then a hyphen then the last page (so it might be 56-65).

If you want a non-consecutive selection of pages, separate them with commas.  So let’s say we want to print pages 7,11,21,57 — just enter them like that and you’ll get a file with only those pages.

You will be prompted to name the file — I suggested saving the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find to upload to the file server at print.pepperdine.edu.

For more info on printing to the Sharp Copiers go HERE.

Maximize your Laptop battery life

As we enter a new school year, it’s good to take a few minutes now and then to think about various ways to make life a little better.  I call it managing your variables.

One of those variables is the amount of time you can go without needing to charge your laptop. Whether you’re studying at the beach or in your friend’s car on the way to Disneyland, you will be glad you took a few minutes to do everything you can to get the most out of your laptop’s battery.

Check this article from LifeHacker for some great tips on saving battery life.

If you can only do a couple of things, keep these in mind:

  1. Heat is a battery killer.  Keep your machine as cool as you can.
  2. Reduce the screen’s brightness as far as you can stand it.
  3. If you don’t need WiFi, turn it off.