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Alaska Bar Exam: Use of Laptop Computers in Anchorage 

  • Examinees in Anchorage will be permitted to use their personal laptop computers and ExamSoft SofTest software for the essay portions of the Bar Examination.

  • Following the exam, you will be required to upload (return) your essay answer files via the Internet.


To use a laptop for the essay examination, you must:

  • Download and register SofTest onto the computer you will use on exam day (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Confirm your laptop computer meets the minimum specifications listed below
  • Ensure your laptop is configured for access to the Internet
  • Complete a Mock Exam using SofTest prior to the bar examination
  • Have experience using computers
  • Agree to handwrite your examination in the event of a hardware or software malfunction or power failure.


To participate you must:

  • Complete the Examination Application and pay the non-refundable/non-transferable $100 fee which must be submitted with your bar exam application.
  • SofTest can be used on most modern Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X based computers (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years). Please see specific system requirements as noted below. SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.

PC Users:

SofTest can be used on most modern Microsoft Windows based computers (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years). Please see specific system requirements as noted below. SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.    

PC Requirements:

  • Operating System: 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
  • Windows 10 is NOT supported
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and British versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.
  • ExamSoft does not support Tablet or Convertible devices other than Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3. See below for those Minimum System Requirements.
  • 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.
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Screen Resolution must be 1024x768 or higher.
  • Adobe Reader (Version 9 or 11) is required for exams containing PDF attachments.
  • Administrator level account permissions


Surface Pro Requirements:

  • Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 (Surface RT tablets are not supported).
  • External Keyboard (USB or Bluetooth) required. Bluetooth keyboards must be paired prior to launching exam.
  • Hard Drive: Minimum of 1GB available space.
  • Adobe Reader XI is required for exams containing PDF attachments.
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Screen Resolution must be 1920x1080.
  • Administrator level account permissions.

*Please note that Surface Pro 1, 2 & 3 is supported.

Mac Users:

SofTest can be used on most modern Mac OS X based computers (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years). Please see specific system requirements as noted below. SofTest cannot be used on virtual operating systems such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels, VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual environments.

Mac Requirements

  • Operating System: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), OS X 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), and 10.10 (Yosemite). Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported.
  • CPU: Intel processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 1GB or higher available space
  • Server version of Mac OS X is not supported
  • Internet connection for SofTest Download, Registration, Exam Download and Upload.
  • Administrator level account permissions

Deadline to participate: 

Submit a payment of $100 (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or a check made out to Alaska Bar Association), along with the laptop registration form. This $100 fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure to list a current and valid email address. Payment must be submitted with your bar exam application.
 

You will receive approval via email to participate, along with a link to the ExamSoft Web site and instructions on how to begin the download, registration and qualification process.

You must download the ExamSoft program.

Complete the registration process. 

Registration Deadlines:
January 15 (February exam)
June 15 (July exam)

Refunds: You will only be entitled to a refund in the event ExamSoft verifies that your computer could not register SofTest, or if a minimum of 10 applicants do not register to use a laptop for the exam. You will not be entitled to a refund in the event you fail to attend the Bar exam, withdraw from the exam or are disqualified by the Board for any reason.

The program will be offered in Anchorage as long as a minimum of 10 applicants register to use SofTest for each exam.

Uploading your essay answers:

You must upload your essay answer files via the Internet to the ExamSoft server following the exam. The Bar staff will retrieve your essay answers for printing and distribution for grading. More information will be provided later.


Questions?

Begin by visiting ExamSoft’s Frequently Asked Questions web page located at www.examsoft.com/barfaq.

Visit ExamSoft’s support website at http://support.examsoft.com.

Technical support from ExamSoft will also be available to you via email at BarSupport@examsoft.com  or by phone toll-free at 866-429-8889.

For further information contact Deborah O’Regan at oregan@alaskabar.org or (907) 272-7469.


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