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Using your laptop at the bar exam

The Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) allows examinees to use their own laptop computers for the essay portion of the exam.

While every effort is made to minimize the risks of participation in the Laptop Computer Testing Program, before deciding to register it is important to note that the BBE does not own or maintain the software used for the laptop computer testing program and cannot guarantee the performance of the software furnished by ExamSoft, Inc.  In the event that technical difficulties occur during the bar examination, you will be required to handwrite your essay answers in the answer books provided and no additional testing time will be provided.  Technical difficulties may include hardware or software malfunctions, data saving or retrieval problems, operator errors or the loss of electrical power at the examination facility.  

Communications between Laptop Computer Testing Program Registrants and ExamSoft

  • All communications between examinees selecting to participate in the Laptop Computer Testing Program and ExamSoft will be by email.
  • You will be contacted at the email address you provide on your petition for admission. It is your responsibility to maintain the email address provided until the conclusion of the bar examination process. Should unforeseen circumstances require that you change your email address during this time, you are required to provide a new and valid email address to the Court immediately.
  • ExamSoft will use any identifying information regarding program registrants for the sole purpose of establishing an account for each applicant to register and download software.

Minimum System Requirements

Examinees must provide their own laptop computer which meets or exceeds system requirements as determined by ExamSoft.  Please review these Laptop Computer Testing Program Systems Requirements before registering for this program. 

Minimum System Requirements For Windows:

Minimum System Requirements For Mac:

  • For instructions on how to check your computer’s specifications, click here.

Registration, Fees and Startup

To be eligible to use a laptop, examinees must:

  1. attach to the electronically filed Petition to the Court, the signed Bar Exam Laptop Computer Testing Program form (below) for registration and compliance
  2. include  with the electronically filed Petition to the Court, the laptop fee of $75 in addition to the Petition for Admission fee of $815 for a total of $890
  3. complete the registration process with Examsoft -you will be billed directly by ExamSoft for the $97.35 software license and service fee to be sent to your email address on file
  4. complete the mock exam  

After the Petition filing deadline, examinees will receive instructions by email from ExamSoft  about registering and downloading the laptop software and certify your laptop computer for the bar examination.  The mock exam will be downloaded in the registration process.  It is the responsibility of the examinee to register and pay the appropriate fee with ExamSoft, and follow all ExamSoft instructions.

Questions regarding the download and use of the  software should be directed to ExamSoft technical support at (866) 429-8889 or via email at: support@examsoft.com.


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