Use of Laptops

To use ExamSoft for final exams complete the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have an active USD email account: This account is necessary to access the wireless Internet, and for the setup of ExamSoft's student database. If you have not already done so, please activate your account online now.
  2. Download and register the actual SofTest program.
    • Username: your USD student ID (9-digit format, i.e. 008403215)
    • Password: last 6 digits of your USD ID number
    Students who would like to use a laptop computer for final exams must download the most recent version of SofTest, which was just released this fall.
  3. Once registered, you may begin to download your personal exam files or electronic bluebooks. They are available now and will continue to be available throughout the examination period:
    • Double click the "SofTest" icon on your desktop
    • Select "Download Exam Files" from the main menu
    • Log in with your 9-digit USD ID number for the username and the last 6-digits of your USD ID number for your password
    • Skip past the screen asking for a download password (if asked)
    • Download your personal Exam Files

Please Note: If you do not download your personal exam files you will not have the ability to use your laptop for your final exams. Please allow extra time for this process to account for technical difficulties. If you experience trouble with this process, please report you issues to the Office of Law School Registrar.

What if I have a Macintosh computer?

There is a Mac native version of SofTest. Please go to the ExamSoft website and read the Minimum System Requirements to see if your Mac is compatible.

What if I need other accommodations?


Exam accommodations must be submitted to the Office of the Law School Registrar no later than Saturday, October 31, 2015.


Law School Registrar
Warren Hall, Room 202
Phone: (619) 260-4526
Fax: (619) 260-5961


M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.