Processing issue delays bar exam submissions in multiple states

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Florida-based testing software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said a processing issue has caused delays for bar exam takers in multiple states who were submitting their answers.

Some test takers experienced slowness or difficulty in returning completed exams Tuesday to company servers using company software, vice president of marketing Kenneth Knotts said early Wednesday.

He said the "processing issue" did not impact the exam takers' answer content, and that all the state bars that had not yet received all exams had extended their deadlines because of the issue.

"This was not at all a system-wide failure. The experience was a delay and some difficulty" in uploading the files, he said. "At no point in time was the integrity of their exam files ever affected."

Knotts said he couldn't say what time the delays began or how many people in total were affected but said by late afternoon on the East Coast, the company was noticing extended wait times on its support line.

Knotts said the company is looking into what caused the delays and hopes to have an answer by later Wednesday morning.

"What happened today is not acceptable," he said.

Knotts said the vast majority of users had uploaded their exam files as of early Wednesday and added that the company is working to resolve the issue completely.

The company's website lists 15 states that extended their deadlines for submitting the exams. The Boca Raton, Florida-based ExamSoft also has offices in Dallas and administers bar exams in 43 U.S. states.

Test takers 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.

D.C. Wolf of Seattle took the Washington state bar exam with about 1,000 other people Tuesday at the Tacoma Convention Center, where they had no Internet access.

"I went back to my hotel and tried repeatedly to upload my answers and kept getting error messages," he said. "I wasn't worried in Washington because we have until Friday" to submit test answers, he said. "But some states had deadlines of midnight tonight."

Wolf said Washington bar applicants had to pay $150 to use the ExamSoft program.

In Minnesota, Maggie Watson, 30, took the state bar exam at a convention center in St. Paul that also did not have Internet access. When she got back to her hotel room to upload her results, she said she got repeated messages that the upload had failed.

"Once I did that four, five, six times, I thought, 'What's going on?'" she said.

Watson, who graduated from law school at Indiana University-Bloomington and plans to move to Minneapolis, said she took screenshots of the upload failures and sent copies of fail-to-upload emails to the Minnesota bar examiner.

Minnesota's original deadline had been 9 p.m., and it did not get extended until after the deadline had passed, she said.

"Tomorrow is pencil and paper" for the next part of the test, Watson said. "I'm feeling better about that."



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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

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  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.