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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads 100

New submitter BobandMax writes ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law. The snafu also left bar associations from nearly 20 states with no choice but to extend their submission deadlines. It's not the first time, either: a classmate of mine had to re-do a state bar exam after an ExamSoft glitch on the first go-'round. Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.
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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

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  • Lockdown (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GigaplexNZ (1233886) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @06:08AM (#47572979)

    Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.

    Yeah, that'll work, because nobody has internet capable cellphones, secondary machines or even Virtual Machines.

  • Re:Lockdown (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @06:35AM (#47573041)

    Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.

    Yeah, that'll work, because nobody has internet capable cellphones, secondary machines or even Virtual Machines.

    and exams are never held in controlled conditions on known hardware with invigilators..... but sure lets let law students BYOD to there exams....

  • Trust (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DoofusOfDeath (636671) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @08:00AM (#47573323)

    If we can't trust these applicants to take the test honestly, how can we trust them to act as officers of a court?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @09:33AM (#47573775)

    ... So the end result is fewer lawyers in the world?

    That's not a bug. It's a feature.

  • Re:Lockdown (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Chelloveck (14643) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @10:46AM (#47574321) Homepage
    RTFA:

    The digital system for the exam works on usersâ(TM) personal laptop, which they bring to the testing facility, where they download the company's application to the computers they use to take the tests. At the end of the exam, the file closes and locks. When the user is able to connect to the Internet, the file uploads. Users cannot make changes to the file after the conclusion of the test.

    You have to drive to the exam site but you're expected to bring your own equipment? Who thought that up? Rather than trying to intrusively lock down everyone's machine it would be far better to simply issue everyone a cheap tablet or netbook on which to take the exam. Controlled hardware, no need to try to "lock down" innumerable variations of BYOD. The ExamSoft web site says the software runs on "any modern machine", defined as Windows, Mac, or iPad purchased in the past 3-4 years. But disable any anti-virus, and no VMs. They're basically trying to secure any random machine off the street to prevent cheating. That's a very fine example of "doing it wrong".

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