This page provides information on final exam software for Drake Law School students.
For courses that require a written exam, students have the option of handwriting in BlueBooks or typing answers using specialized test software installed on their own laptop.
Typing exams offers a number of benefits. Students are often able to type faster than they can write, and content manipulation is much easier in a word processing environment. In addition, faculty find it easier to read typed answers than those written in BlueBook.
To offer exams on computer, Drake Law School uses Examplify, a product of ExamSoft WorldWide. The Law School pays Examplify licensing fees, allowing students to use the product at no expense. Students download a new copy of Examplify each academic year, then have access to the program for that year's midterms, finals, and in-class assessments.
On each test day, students launch Examplify and enter a secured word processor. This prevents access to other programs and material, maintaining exam integrity. At each exam's conclusion, answers are securely uploaded via the University's wireless network. No loaner laptops will be available during exams.
ExamSoft Examplify requires Windows XP SP3 or higher when using a PC and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher when using a Macintosh.
Please note: The ExamSoft exam software was formally called Softest, it is now called Examplify. Those terms may be used interchangeably on ExamSoft's website or in exam instructions. Assume all references to "Softest" really means "Examplify."
Each academic year, prior to your first computer-based exam in the fall semester, students who would like to take exams on personal laptop will be required to install and register a new copy of SofTest. This guarantees the latest updates have been applied and registers use of the product for exams.
If you need to install and register a copy of Examplify, follow these instructions:
In addition to installing and registering Examplify, students will need to download exam templates for each of the exams they plan to take.
Among the exam templates is a "Sample Exam." Each student may download and experiment with this sample exam up to five times. All other exams may only be downloaded once and should not be opened until the time of your exam.
Your computer is now ready for final exams!
Two options are available if you would like to experiment with Examplify before exam day. Among the exams downloaded, you may have downloaded a file labeled "SampleExam." Our recommendation is that students use this file for experimentation as it offers an exact replica of what individuals will experience on exam day.
Alternatively, Examplify offers its own practice exam, but the environment differs slightly from what we offer.
To take a sample exam, demonstrating what you will experience on exam day, follow these instructions:
If you would like to take the sample exam an additional time, you will need to redownload the exam template using the instructions on downloading exams.
Note: The sample exam may be downloaded and taken five times for each student; all other exams may only be downloaded once, and should not be opened until the time of your exam.
If you have questions about Examplify or encounter troubles installing or downloading exams, don't hesitate to contact the Law School's Information Technology Department. Contact Lori Richman at 515-271-4511 with any exam related inquiries. No loaner laptops will be available during exams.
Note: Because it is impossible to completely eliminate the potential for computer failure during an exam, students who choose to take exams on computer assume the risk of technical problems and all resulting consequences.
Loss due to technical difficulty is rare, but possible. Avoid any problems by having a reliable computer and power supply.