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February 2017 Laptop Program


                             REGISTRATION PERIOD OPENS 10:00 a.m. CDT January 10, 2017
                             REGISTRATION PERIOD CLOSES 10:00 a.m. CDT January 24, 2017



The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar (IBAB) contracts with ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. for the use of ExamSoft’s SofTest technology, which allows Illinois bar applicants to use laptop computers to type their answers to the bar examination’s written components. February 2017 examinees may register for the laptop program for a nonrefundable, registration fee of $105. The registration fee covers the software license, technical support and supervision, power, and administrative costs. Registration is a three-step process, all of which must be completed in order to gain access to SofTest and actually use a laptop on exam day.

Registration Process

All communications regarding the Laptop Program will be by email only and sent directly from ExamSoft ( Applicants will be contacted at the email address provided on their application to sit for the bar examination. It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain a valid email address at all times and to keep the Board and ExamSoft apprised of any changes to their email address. If you do not receive the email regarding purchasing the software and registering your laptop during this time, you should call the Board office. We strongly recommend that laptop candidates add to their contacts and safe senders list to assure receipt of all laptop related email communications.

After the Registration Period opens you will receive an email from with your ExamSoft ID and password. You will be instructed to go to and register by logging in under “Exam Takers” in the upper left corner of the webpage. Online payment of the $105 registration fee will place you on the February 2017 laptop roll. Unless you complete the below steps, you will not be allowed to use a laptop at the exam.

After you have registered and before 10:00 a.m., CDT, Monday, February 20, 2017 you must:

a. Register the SofTest software on the actual laptop you will use at the bar exam;

b. THREE exam files and a Mock exam will download automatically onto the actual laptop; AND

c. Complete a Mock Exam on the actual laptop.

Please note that you must be in possession of the actual laptop that you will use at the bar exam in order to register the software. There is a $50 administrative fee if you wish to re-download.


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